Object 1: Didgeridoo — indigenous to Australia

May 27, 2021


This didgeridoo is handmade, decorated with traditional aboriginal art and patterns and was bought in a small independent store in Australia. I think this object is very interesting as it beautifully encapsulates a part of the aboriginal culture through its art. Additionally, because it is crafted and painted by hand, it is entirely unique, which adds a lot of individuality and sentimental value to the item. However, I bought the instrument because of its unique beauty and the artistic designs which are indigenous to Australia, rather than buying it because I knew how to play the didgeridoo. This neglects the purpose of the instrument, not letting it sustain its potential. The object itself holds a lot of character and authenticity as each instrument was decorated differently, giving a sense of individuality and distinctiveness.

There is a significant difference between buying an item for

its beauty and buying it for its purpose. This can be seen as cultural appropriation because this didgeridoo was bought by a person who does not know

how to play it, and it will very rarely be used and instead will be admired for its ‘one of a kind’ form. It was bought for the sake of having a souvenir rather than for the instrument’s purpose. The customer’s knowledge on the instrument’s history and purpose is limited compared to those who made it, creating a harsher relationship between knowledge and culture. Those who created the object were a part of the aboriginal culture, therefore, they knew how to culturally appreciate its function and purpose within the culture as well as its physical beauty.

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