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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Kidman breaks non-law

Nicole Kidman has been accused of bastardising an Aboriginal law that women should not play the didgeridoo - but the law does not exist.

Didgeridoos were the traditional instruments used by Aborigines in the far north of Australia - about 4000 kilometres away from Darug (Sydney) Aboriginal Richard Green, who is quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald as saying:

"I will guarantee she has no more children. It's not meant to be played by women as it will make them barren."

However, an expert on the subject says there is no law against women playing the instrument in the traditional communities where the didgeridoo is played - it's just something they tended not to do. The fact that there was no law against it is backed up by the fact that recordings of women playing the didgeridoo have been made.

He quotes: "Reports of (Aboriginal) women playing didgeridoo are especially common in the Kimberleys and the Gulf regions, the westerly and easterly extremes of it's distribution in traditional music."

As for infertility, one historian notes:

"It is believed that if a woman does play, she will become pregnant and possibly develop facial hair."

UPDATE: In case you missed it the first time - some inside info on Nicole.

1 comment:

blogstrop said...

Aboriginal spokespersons who invent traditional law on the run are easily derided. Barry Humphries used to have a union rep character called Lance Boyle who could arrange for a building site to become sacred for a few crates of beer.
Richard Green would be better employed finding real solutions to real problems for his people.