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Name and Country

Do you tell your friends and audience about the cultural background of the didj?

What do you tell people about the cultural background of the didj?

Adam Diiulio from USA

Always

I tell them it is a wind instrument of the Indigenous Australians. Many believe it to be one of, if not the oldest wind instrument in the world. It is traditionally used to accompany song and dance in ceremonial rituals.

Adam from USA

Mostly

It's used by Australian Aborigines in ceremonial dances and spiritual exploration

Adam from USA

Always

It's Australian aboriginal instrument.

Anonymous

Always

Its roots lie solely in the indigenous people of Australia and it's magic lies in the fact that it's a 'contemporary' instrument that comes untouched from the ancient times.

Ales from Czech Republic

Rarely

Hmmm, interesting.

Alex from USA

Always

It is an instrument indigenous to the country of Australia and was created first by Aboriginals. It is an intricate part of the cultural and must be preserved for generations to come.

Allan from USA

Mostly

As much as they're willing to listen to. At least the fact that it originated as an aboriginal instrument. Sometimes more depending on the situation.

Álvaro Oliveira from Brazil

Always

I tell them that didj is a meditation instrument used by the aborigines for almost 4000 years

Anonymous from Hungary

Always

It is the traditional instrument of the Aboriginal people of Australia. It is used on ceremonies. Inside their communities, only men are allowed to play it. It was traditionally made in Northern Australia.

Andre from Brazil

Never

I don't, as I'm not that aware of it.

Andreas from Sweden

Sometimes

Can't tell them too much since most of my interest is in the actual playing of the didge

Angus from Australia

Sometimes

I grew up in the Jabiru, although I am not a complete historian on the background of the didge, I do enjoy talking to my friends about the mystic rainbow serpent and the overtone trumpet that is the didge.

Arpad Toth from Hungary

Always

I tell them that it is the oldest instrument 20000 years or more and was invented and played by aboriginals...

Art Ibell from USA

Always

Aboriginals use it fir many reasons to communicate in the outback and to have fun parting and relaxation. And a lot to do with their spiritual being

Anonymous

Mostly

I tell them the legend of the didgeridoo. How it's an Aboriginal rhythm instrument; that the artwork is significant; etc

Barry Williams from USA

Always

Native aussie

Anonymous from United Kingdom

Sometimes

I tell them that one of the most ancient instrument in the world used for ceremonial purpose: meditation and healing. I emphasise the fact that animals and nature can be recreated in a didj.

Ben from United Kingdom

Always

That it is a traditional ritual instrument played by some of the native people of australia.

Bent Lonrusten from Norway

Always

The hole history of the aboriginals and about their culture and county

Bert from Netherlands

Always

All I know about the Yolngu people

Anonymous

Mostly

It is a ceremonial instrument played on special occasions

Anonymous

Sometimes

I've told a few friends who are musically inclined about the aboriginal origin of the instrument and directed them to your website to find out more.

Anonymous from USA

Sometimes

What I know.

Borja from Spain

Always

I sometimes tell about the origins of the didj and about how was made a didj

Brad Lackey from USA

Mostly

Mostly how is it made and how to pick a good-sounding one. Also, to avoid all knock-offs and only buy genuine, aboriginal-made didjes

Bruce from United Kingdom

Always

I talk about the aboriginal origins of the instrument and the spiritual background of the aboriginals and the instrument.

Anonymous

Sometimes

The didgeridoo was found by a warrior. and by mistake blew the termites out of the branch and was surprised by the noise. He took the branch home and shared the sound with his tribe. Before long the Didgeridoo was played in ceremonies and used for healing. It might have even been used when hunting by calling the animals through the didgeridoo.

Carlo from Italy

Always

It's very interesting!!!! I can't believe it!!

Cassie from USA

Always

I explain about the aboriginal people and living in the USA, there is a direct comparison to our own American Indians that were virtually destroyed by invaders.

Chad Champoux from USA

Always

That it has been used for many years and that it is often played with singing and dancing. Along with the matter that within those ceremonies its usually the men that play the Didge

Chris Ruffner from USA

Always

That it was actually made in australia

Christine from Canada

Always

That it is an integral part of Aboriginal heritage and present day culture and an amazing gift to the rest of the world.

Clement from France

Sometimes

I tell them about the didgeridoo's origin and aborigines who I can thanks to have discovered this beautiful instrument

Connie from USA

Always

As I said above I I tell them the history. I also tell them about the "dreamtime" and its use in storytelling. I tell them authentic Didjes come from Australia and are made by artisans who have had the skills passed down to them.

Courtney from USA

Always

Same as above. I might also talk about the art style sometimes on them.

Craig from Canada

Mostly

That this instrument is sacred to their beliefs, much in the same way that the drum is sacred to our Native Americans.

Dale Duvall from USA

Mostly

How it's made, it's traditional use and long history

Damien from Ireland

Rarely

That it varies by region

Dan from USA

Always

Australian aboriginals use the didj in sacred and secular ceremony and in popular music. The Australian Aboriginals were the original custodians of the instrument.

Dantez from Brazil

Always

Its fantastic the history around de didj.

Dave from United Kingdom

Only if asked

Used in meditation and ceremonial events.

David from USA

Never

Aboriginal from Australia

David Snyder from USA

Always

Perhaps the oldest wind instrument known to man, created by the Australian Aborigines.

Anonymous

Rarely

That it is one of the oldest wind instruments in the world and it originates from australia

Dean from United Kingdom

Always

I tell them its one of the oldest instruments in the world and was only used by men, and that it was used for rituals and has also been used in ways of communication.

Dennis Haslam from Denmark

Mostly

How it os made, and how it is used, also tell about maki style and Yidaki style

Derek from Spain

Mostly

How its made.

Deric from Canada

Only if asked

The didj has been used for thousands of years in ceremonies of Australian aborigines. Helping us to relax and reconnect with mother earth.

Don from USA

Mostly

As an aboriginal creation instrument, its vibrations create our world

Doug Bischoff from USA

Always

One of the oldest wind instruments known. The best ones are made by Aboriginal artists, and they are used for both recreational and ritual purposes.

Ed Huntley from USA

Sometimes

The little bit I DO know

Anonymous from Brazil

Never

Never.... in Brazil never never, sorry may ingles. ay have um pvc didgeridoo

Edward from USA

Mostly

It is an ancient wind instrument made first by Australian aborigines.

Edward from USA

Always

I tell people that the didge is an aboriginal instrument that is very tied to the earth and the sounds of nature. that it is an instrument that the lord has been using in my life to bring people worship and healing.

Eleanor Hjemmet from USA

Always

I often offer to pull up video clips of traditional players, since I myself am a rank beginner in playing my didge. I am very proud to talk about how ancient is this culture. I do mention that traditionally women were not allowed to play didges. I also share my copy of Rabbit Proof Fence and talk about the shameful state of original peoples all over the world.

Eric from USA

Mostly

I love telling them about the culture, I have never gotten to experience Australia but would really love to, I'm not the motel type, I like the true culture and be able to experience it all myself.

Eric from USA

Sometimes

Developed by the Aborigines of Australia and traditionally made of eucalyptus that has been hollowed out naturally by termites. It is thought to be the oldest known musical wind instrument.

Erik Putnam from USA

Always

The didj is an ancient story telling tool (then I'll demonstrate with a "story" and explain the "story.") It is also used for ritual and spiritual purposes.

Et from USA

Sometimes

They're mainly ceremonial, there are a couple different styles of playing, it's hard to find an authentic one, etc.

Anonymous

Always

It's aboriginal. Started in Australia. Originals are made from eucalyptus trees bored out by termites. Brings about dreams, healing, community by playing the didj.

Anonymous

Always

Where it originated, its religious/ceremonial importance, its age.

Fred Ashplant from USA

Always

I tell them that didgeridoo, yidaki, of mago was created by the Aboriginal people of Australia. That it probably first appeared in the Northern territory as long as forty thousand years ago. That cave drawings have been discovered in that part of Australia dating back that far that show people playing didgeridoos. I tell them that it was used for ceremonial purposes and that in the last few years it has become much more popular for entertainment, meditation, and healing.

Gareth Lynch from USA

Mostly

One of the oldest cultures on the planet, with magnificent style and appreciation of art, the australian aboriginals have created an instrument that is very old and very beautiful

Anonymous

Always

I tell them the story of how long ago an aboriginal person found a hollowed out piece of eucalyptus and blew into in, music filled the air and the termites inside filled the sky. I tell them it belongs to the people in North Australia and that not all aboriginal tribes knew it secrets.

Anonymous from Germany

Rarely

Very old instrument, Aboriginal played, the part of the instrument in social communities...

Grady Karp from USA

Mostly

The didj has played an important cultural role in Aboriginal communities for tens of thousands of years.

Graham from United Kingdom

Mostly

Its an aboriginal australian instrument.

Gregg Nardozza from USA

Always

It has been used for celebratory, spiritual, and meditative occasions for thousands of years.

Guy François from Belgium

Only if asked

Ancestral dreaming. Connection of this "primitive" culture with pachamama. The actual situation of the aboriginal. Yeah, I read today the apologize of the australian statement.

Gyan from USA

Always

Found instrument, hollowed by white ants/termites, aboriginal origin,

Hamish from New Zealand

Never

I love the sound and would like to learn more...

Harmony from USA

Always

That the instrument symbolizes the penis and is traditionally played by men.

Héctor Raúl from Argentina

Sometimes

Que hay toda una cultura hermosa y extraña que se mueve en su derredor...

Herb Cohen from USA

Mostly

How they came to be-the legendary origin and how they are an important Symbol of the Aboriginal people of Australia.

Howard Williamson from USA

Mostly

This is a Aboriginal instrument from Australia. It has been in use for thousands of years, and it is considered by the Aboriginal as a man's instrument. Although in this country there are women that play it well. There is also a story that it was discovered long ago by a young person who was given the task to tend the fire overnight - he used a hollow piece of wood to blow on the fire to keep it going. Overnight he discovered he could make sounds with it.

Iain from United Kingdom

Mostly

About it's origins and use in ceremony and dance

Ian Hopper from USA

Always

The usual - that its a tribal instrument from Australia, invented and used by the Aboriginal people in daily life and ceremonies.

Ian from United Kingdom

Mostly

That they are one the oldest musical instrument that I know of and it is linked to the dream time and told in folk lore as how someone was going to put a log o the fire but as they were going to do it they noticed the termites so blew them out of the log which made a sound and that the termites became the stars

Anonymous from USA

Only if asked

It originated with the original natives of AUS.

Ivan from USA

Always

I tell them how is made the the believe that the aboriginal culture

Ivan Matamoros from Spain

Always

I tell then about the history of the instrument (until I can explain or a I know, of course).That you can find it in different forms an cultures,celtic an tibet bronze horns,till Amazonian cultures..but that was in australia were gets the richest levels. About how old is it (probably 40.000 years old).About the aboriginals dances and rites.The dream-times stories when I learn a new one (is difficult here to find information about it).Paintings a meanings ... don't know..that kind of things..a love to learn and talk about the almost every thing.

Jacob from USA

Always

Its probably the oldest musical instrument on earth

Anonymous

Sometimes

Usually that it is probably the oldest instrument on earth and was used in ceremony.

Anonymous

Only if asked

That it originated with the aboriginal people of Australia

James Davis from Canada

Mostly

The didge is an ancient instrument from the aboriginals of Australia, used in ceremony

Anonymous from USA

Always

I relate the spiritual aspects of the people and how important the didj keeps them connected to the land.

Anonymous from United Kingdom

Always

How it was used to describe the dreamtime and used for many tribal blessings and also medicinal purposes.

Jan Vink from Netherlands

Always

That the didge is more than 20.000 years old,and is a part of the aboriginal culture

Anonymous from USA

Only if asked

I say that the instrument originated from the Indigenous Australians, and is believed to be the oldest known wind instrument

Anonymous

Sometimes

That it's tied to folklore and is a very "bodily" instrument to play

Jeff Wilson from USA

Sometimes

That it is an Australia instrument and that's normally about it, I'm still getting into it. and learning about it, but I love it, Go Xavier!

Jeffrey Longeddy from USA

Never

I'm sorry, I don't own one. So these types of questions don't come up.

Anonymous

Always

Mostly about Aboriginal people in northern Australia.

Jenna Luksetich from USA

Always

It is one of if not the most oldest instruments ever found. It was played by the aboriginal people of Australia long before the Europeans started dumping their refugees there.

Jeremy from USA

Always

It is an ancient instrument originating in what is believed to be Australia.

Jerome from France

Mostly

I really insist in saying it is an aboriginal made didgeridoo, termite hollowed. I speak about the aboriginals, the way they have to earn their money in this quite unfair world where they do not seem to belong. And I often finish in saying it's one (if not THE One) of the elder culture in the world and we must show respect.

Anonymous

Always

My didge came from the western area of Australia and is real wormwood.

Anonymous from USA

Sometimes

Used by the native peoples

John from USA

Mostly

The stories of how the first didge came to be.

John Griffiths from Australia

Mostly

There areas it is played, some of the different names, why it is called a didgeridoo.

John Mangold from Canada

Always

The didge has been part of aboriginal religious ceremonies for thousands of years.

John from USA

Always

That it is a very old instrument that plays a large part in the aboriginal culture and history

Anonymous

Sometimes

It was used by aboriginal people for healing purposes.

John Stuart Kirkpatrick from Bermuda

Always

Its the oldest wind instrument in the world and very sacred to the aboriginal people. It should garner more respect than it does.

John from USA

Only if asked

If asked now I will give a more detailed answer and will incorporate info into my lectures.

Jon Griffin from Canada

Sometimes

Then, it was aboriginal, now, that I understand that other cultures have used a similar instruments.

Jonathan from USA

Sometimes

Its a symbol and brings good luck but only the village elder is supposed to play it, and (not to be sexist) but a girl playing a didgeridoo brings bad luck

Jonathan Zamora Ríos from Costa Rica

Always

Primero que todo que es el instrumento de viento más antiguo que conoce la humanidad, y es utilizado principalmente por los aborígenes australianos como parte esencial de sus rituales para la transmisión de la cultura.

Jone from USA

Mostly

I tell people that to benefit from playing any instrument they should research the origin of the instrument they are playing, then I usually give them your website address.

Jonny Monument from United Kingdom

Always

That it is being threatened by cheap crap from dodgy-didj makers and importers. I talk of its making and sound, how it mimics nature in its sound, etc etc!

Anonymous

Mostly

How I bought 1 in Sydney and how I love the sound at Kuranda. I know now that the didge also is played in europe since middle ages

Jussi from Finland

Sometimes

It's a traditional aboriginal instrument usually played in ceremonies together with clapsticks, singing and dancing

Anonymous

Mostly

Besides the termites, additional cultural info is given.

Kat from USA

Mostly

Native Aboriginal instrument from Australia. Playing it is not only cool sounding, it is also meditative and said to have healing properties. Circular breathing is used (if you're good enough at it)

Anonymous

Mostly

I like to tell the story of how the first didj was made, with the termites that turned into stars.

Kathy from USA

Only if asked

Worlds 1st wind instrument; the "rape" of the (didj stock) forests by non-aboriginals who make poor quality instruments for fast money

Keith from USA

Sometimes

Aboriginal instrument from Australia made from Eucalyptus trees which have been hollowed naturally by light sensitive ants eating the soft interior wood. The drone of the instrument is believed to have healing properties, and the half-notes derived from multiple keyed didges inspire dance in Aboriginal peoples.

Kenneth from USA

Sometimes

About it age and how they use it in ceremonies and dance.

Anonymous from USA

Only if asked

That it is an Aborigine instrument, brief description of how it is made.

Laura Jackson from USA

Always

Its heritage is most known through Northern Australian aborigines. It is known as a wind instrument, and also used as a drone. Its use dates back at least 1,500 years or more, but maybe the oldest wind instrument known. Spiritually, they are more connected to males, serving to ground them and help them attain a state that females already have. Spiritually tied to mother earth, they have long imitated her sounds, the wind, water, birds, animals and more.

Le Perkins from USA

Mostly

The didj is a very special and old instrument that come from Australia and that it has many different names used by different tribes most of the names are sacramental to the people, so I just use the name didj or Didgeridoo and there are many story about where it come from.

Lisa from USA

Always

It is an ancient instrument created by the Aboriginal tribes of Australia in conjunction with very busy termites of course.

Anonymous

Never

I know little about it.

Anonymous

Always

Traditional Construction and Traditional understanding of it's use as a Dreamtime tool

Margaret from USA

Sometimes

When I had one, I pointed out the beaded sleeve I had made for it after a painting "First Woman and her Dingo tracking the Emu.

Anonymous

Mostly

The playing Didge is telling the Story of Existence.

Mark from USA

Mostly

That it's originally played by the indigenous people of Northern territories of Australia.

Mark from USA

Always

1500 years old, aboriginal instrument, used in ceremonies and for recreation. Also sometimes used to be use as a weapon or as a large smoking pipe for the elders of the tribe to smoke hallucinogens after a ceremony.

Anonymous

Mostly

Mostly I tell them it's played by australian aboriginals. I usually stay in general things if they don't ask more about the background. Also I would not like to go very deep into the background cause I'm sure I don't know everything about it and I don't want to lie.:)

Anonymous from USA

Always

Northern Australia Aboriginal ceremonial instrument and one of the oldest known wind instruments.

Marty from Australia

Mostly

Mainly about the Yolngu people, and their ceremonial uses of the didj, and how hilarious they find us balanda players. I also often find myself telling people that it is NOT Aboriginal culture to disallow women to play didj. This is some bizarre white mans folly.

Marvin from USA

Sometimes

Used to tell stories, ceremony and can be used for medicine

Matt from Canada

Always

That it can be used for meditation and spiritual awakening.

Matthew from USA

Always

Pretty much what your website says.

Anonymous from Australia

Mostly

It was first made to lure emus, then on to ceremonial use as well. Also most tribal groups permitted women to play.

Megan Golden from USA

Always

I describe how Didjes were originally formed and where they came from.

Melanie from USA

Sometimes

That the didgeridoo is possibly the oldest wind instrument on Earth

Melissa from USA

Sometimes

I tell them that the resources were limited for entertainment and communication so they used what they had and created beautiful art and music with the didj.

Michael from USA

Mostly

Folks indigenous to Australia are the originators; that they created it probably before the use of drums, which is kind of amazing; and that if it isn't actually aboriginal-made, it's missing something important.

Michael from Canada

Never

I don't

Anonymous

Always

Usually I tell them that the didj is the instrument of the earth story-teller

Mike from Netherlands

Sometimes

I tell them it's an instrument of the yolgnu tribes.

Mikolaj from USA

Mostly

I talk about Australia and the Aboriginal people.

Mitchell from Australia

Mostly

Men traditionally supposed to play, from eucalypt species hollowed out naturally by termites. oldest instrument in the world

Neil from USA

Sometimes

"It's believed that the didgeridoo was one of the very first musical instruments. a majority of its background can be found in aboriginal australia.

Anonymous from Italy

Sometimes

It's a mystic and very ancient tool

Norm from USA

Always

Try to explain as best I know

Anonymous

Only if asked

Invented by Australian aboriginals, has a spiritual role

Pau Kirst from USA

Mostly

It is played to accompany native dances and songs. Usually are hollowed out in the center by termites and harvested in natural ways.

Paul Bishop from USA

Sometimes

That the didj is an ancient wind instrument developed by the Aboriginal people of Australia

Paul from United Kingdom

Always

Aboriginal story of how the Didj was discovered and that the artwork on authentic Didjes are mainly related to the animals hunted by that tribe for food.

Paul Woodcraft from United Kingdom

Only if asked

Where it comes from, that it is played all over the world by lots of different people and it was mainly played by the Aboriginals.

Anonymous

Always

It's an original aboriginal instrument and as such is one of the oldest instruments as well.

Peggylynn from USA

Mostly

It has been used by native australian peoples for centuries in ceremonies, and dances and for healing, they are very careful to harvest the wood as not to damage the environment

Peter from Sweden

Always

Not so much. Do not know a lot. Difference between yidaki and mago, about dreamtime, difference between them made by aborigines and others.

Peter from Australia

Mostly

About the special cultural significance and they are traditionally used as part of storytelling. Also mention they are traditionally only played by certain male members of the tribe.

Anonymous

Always

It's not only musical instrument, but also meditation

Peter-paul from USA

Always

A) invented by aborigines b)made from termite eaten tree trunk c) used for entertainment and spiritual function

Prakash Arigela from Dominican Republic

Mostly

I give a brief history of Didjes in general and explain the markings of my didj and given the chance, I give a history class on aboriginal culture and history.

Rafael Adorno from Brazil

Always

The history and the legends of didj

Raffaele from Australia

Only if asked

I am a music teacher, my first instrument is the guitar, and bass. I speak about the didj that it is the indigenous instrument of the Aboriginal people. It is used in Aboriginal ceremonies, rituals, and for entertainment music. The didj is like a person, it is alive, so it must be treated with respect because it calls the sprit ancestors of the people. The didj must not be played or touched by woman.

Anonymous

Mostly

That is an original aboriginal instrument

Anonymous from Canada

Sometimes

That it's an aboriginal instrument, used for many years, originally from AUS

Rich from USA

Only if asked

That it is one of the oldest instruments

Richard from USA

Mostly

That it is used in ceremonies and other events.

Rob from Australia

Never

I don't know

Anonymous

Rarely

Used to terrorize people in nearby villages

Robbin from USA

Only if asked

How it is used in my understanding of some of the celebrations/ceremonies/traditions of the many different tribes/families/Moieties/mobs

Robert from USA

Always

It has been used in Aboriginal culture for tens of thousands of years and plays a big part in their ceremonies.

Robert from USA

Sometimes

That it is a ceremonial instrument of the aboriginal people of Australia first made thousands of years ago.

Robert Ruby Ii from USA

Always

It's the most natural kind of instrument, made from nature and returned to nature when done. Read the book "Mutant Message from Down Under" by Marlo Morgan, to understand the nature of the culture and contrast with current European ideas.

Robert from United Kingdom

Sometimes

That only real didges are termite hollowed and made by Aboriginal people.

Anonymous

Only if asked

As I don't know a lot about the cultural background of the didge I tend not to try and tell people to much about it but instead try to point them in the right direction to find out such as web sites like Didjshop and books. I do not like to give information about cultural background as my knowledge on it is only brief.

Rodney Webb from Australia

Mostly

One has to be careful if there are women in the audience because the didge originated from an Aborigine who cut off his 'never-you-mind, and blew down it; yeah I know, but stranger things have happened. I have Aborigine friends and we have a chuckle when saying, when we meet, "did you bring your didge". "Carry it everywhere with me mate!

Rodrigo Del Castillo Negrete from Mexico

Only if asked

I answer that I only know little things about the cultural background of the didgeridoo. I answer that: there are several names for the didgeridoo: Yidaki, didgeridoo, didjeridu It is estimated that it is the oldest instrument on earth. Several tribes in Australia have used it for rituals. There are some people that use the didgeridoo as a healing instrument. Note: although there are various people that take this statement as an easy thing to do and have session without the knowledge of what involves didgeridoo healing.

Anonymous from USA

Always

It is an instrument played by the indigenous people of Australia. Sometimes I tell them the legend around it's invention.

Roi Redondo García from Spain

Sometimes

That is one of the most ancient instruments of the humanity, that is strange because it comes of Australia, and originally is made not by human and, only collected and finished

Rolf Hebenstreit from USA

Always

I live in Navajo land & play my didj at secret kiva sites in the desert. I tell my friends it's like the Indian flutes & drums. Most people think they are all from the reservations but like the didj there are not!

Anonymous from Canada

Always

It is the oldest wind instrument, about 30,000 years in use and has a natural tone with the planet and nature.

Anonymous from Canada

Mostly

Usually basic information about it being an Ancient instrument that has held a significant place in the rituals and religions of the Aboriginal People of Australia. A bit about how only men play, and how it symbolizes both male and female aspects. And people always love to hear about the creation of the Milky Way when the sound of the Didjeridu was first heard on Earth.

Anonymous

Always

The didgeridoo is neither pan-Australian nor pan-Aboriginal. It is not endemic to all parts of Australia (being found traditionally only in the northernmost areas of the Northern Territory and adjacent parts of Western Australia and Queensland) and only a small number of Aboriginal tribal groups claim it as part of their continuing living cultural heritage. The vast majority of Australian (and overseas) retailers are guilty of unconscionable conduct in the way of false labelling and advertising, an offence that is convictable under the Trade Practices Act (1974). Labels on didgeridoos produced for the tourist trade - and these represent the largest slice of the didgeridoo commerce pie - commonly display a combination of the words 'Australian', 'Aboriginal', and 'authentic'. In reality, these didgeridoos have never been touched (let alone made and painted) by an Australian Aboriginal person. Thus bringing this information to light and explaining that one MUST make sure and do much research as to the origins of a particular didj they may be considering purchasing. *(some of the words in my answer are not personally mine but what I read. but are much more eloquent than I can be, but express my thoughts and opinions exactly)

Roy Páramo from Spain

Always

That it is probably the most ancient musical instrument and belongs to the Aboriginal people of Australia. They are traditionally made with branches of eucalyptus previously hollowed naturally by termites. It is the most natural and ecological instrument!

Anonymous from Portugal

Sometimes

I don't know that much myself, but I tell what I do know

Sam Chan from United Kingdom

Always

It is the oldest music instrument in the world, and has been used in traditional Aboriginal ceremonies.

Samuele from USA

Only if asked

I tell people where the instrument comes from and who the people are that traditionally use the didge. I also warn to be careful about buying didges from people that won't give back to the yolngu community.

Anonymous

Always

Not interested

Savannah Clark from United Kingdom

Mostly

I don't really know much about it, but what I usually say is something along the lines of

Scott Dickens from USA

Always

I mainly deal with Cub Scouts. So we take two or three meeting to discuss aboriginal people then I try to combined that with native american people

Scott from Canada

Sometimes

I tell them it is originally an instrument made by the aboriginal people of Australia.

Scott from USA

Always

Mostly about the origin and how they are made.

Sean from USA

Sometimes

I hate writing essays....

Sean Macconnell from Canada

Sometimes

That the Didgeridoo is the most prominent traditional instrument of the Aboriginal peoples of Northern Australia, and that it's also one of the oldest known instruments

Anonymous from France

Always

That didgeridoo comes from aboriginal people in australia and how they have discovered it. Also that didj is one of the oldest musical instrument in the world like the djembe in africa (around 40 000 years old) and aboriginal people use the didj for their ceremony.

Shane from Malaysia

Sometimes

I'll talk about it being the oldest instrument in the world and how it is used by the Australian aborigines. You have to understand my experiences with the didj have very little to do with Aboriginal culture, I have a totally different style of playing, I don't usually play eucalyptus although I do own a couple of eucalyptus didjes so I tend not to talk too much about the cultural background of the didj, more about my personal experiences with the didj, to be quite honest I don't have that much knowledge about the cultural background of the didj, how I was introduced to the didj and the reasons for me playing it had absolutely nothing to do with aboriginal culture.

Anonymous

Always

I would tell them that the didj was created by a culture of people who have great respect for nature. If you listen to the sounds of the didj you will hear nature represented in it.

Shawn from USA

Always

That it is an indigenous instrument, whose origins are with the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. That it has been around for a few thousand years, before "white mans's" recorded history and that it has significant spiritual value to the Aborigines.

Shawn Payment from USA

Always

Yes I sure do

Anonymous from United Kingdom

Mostly

The fact that it is an instrument from the top end, how it is made and how it is traditionally used in Aboriginal ceremony.

Simon Barnett from United Kingdom

Never

I don't Know enough to talk about this to others. Sorry.

Soraya Benstead from Australia

Mostly

Its roughly 1500 years old and is made out of mostly eucalyptus trees and is naturally hollowed out by termites. Its usually around 1m in length.

Anonymous

Only if asked

It is an old instrument used by the aboriginals for ceremonies. It makes a droning sound which has a wonderful healing power and it connects people back to earth or nature. It is also a very spiritual instrument.

Anonymous

Sometimes

It was/is used for ceremonial purposes. it dates back about 1500 years and maybe more, and is probably the oldest wind instrument in the world. mostly men would play, but sometimes women too.

Stephen from USA

Always

Original wind instrument, aboriginal origin, created by ants hollowing out limb, beeswax mouthpiece, played to accompany stories that make the world

Anonymous from USA

Only if asked

I don't know that much about them. I'm learning.

Tanya from Canada

Sometimes

That it's been used for centuries by the aboriginal peoples of Australia

Anonymous

Rarely

I don't know much about the cultural background of the didj,,,I think it is a music instrument, as well as a telephone, a healing tool spiritual connection

Tienne from USA

Sometimes

I explain what I know of the legend of the monster, and that they have been and are an integral part of Aboriginal life, Ceremony, and culture

Tim from USA

Sometimes

That it's a Aboriginal instrument that is used in the telling of stories,

Anonymous

Sometimes

Aboriginal australian instrument, thought to have healing properties

Todd from Australia

Sometimes

It's an Aboriginal instrument. Very important to them

Tommy Dyett from New Zealand

Mostly

I like to tell more about the healing side of the didge as I think the sound is a great healing tool.

Anonymous from Sweden

Sometimes

That it is probably the oldest type of wind instrument still used by humans.

Anonymous

Always

The story is that a culture of more than 40000 years ago back of Aboriginal Australians.

William from France

Mostly

The general cultural meaning, the mythology, how it was used in rituals, the significance of the paintings on it etc. etc.

William Powell from USA

Always

The didgeridoo is an integral part of the culture of many aboriginal tribes. It's not only music, it's also part of the artistic and storytelling part of their cultural way of life. No one really knows how old the didgeridoo is but it's most likely been around for thousands of years. It's considered to be the oldest man-made wind instrument.

Anonymous

Always

Part of Aboriginal culture. Only typical Australian music instrument

Anonymous

Always

That it's an musical instrument that is generally used for ceremonial purposes.

Zachary from USA

Sometimes

That it's been used by the local Australians for 100's of years

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