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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2004 (July-September) » Archive through July 15, 2004 » DIDGEREDOO « Previous Next »

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Mary (203.82.101.12 - 203.82.101.12)
Posted on Monday, June 28, 2004 - 10:01 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Hi - I'm currently living in Austalia and heard that the indigenous
> Australian instrument the DIGEREEDOO is actually an Irish word
> that means a black person who plays (pipes, instruments ?) I take it that
> means that the DOO part of the work is dubh in Gaelic....can anyone think what
> the other bit /s are ?

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Aonghus (62.77.191.130 - 62.77.191.130)
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 04:13 am:   Edit Post Print Post

I doubt it. The Irish term for a person with black skin is "duine gorm", fear dubh is a black haired man.

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Tomás (198.22.236.230 - 198.22.236.230)
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 01:55 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

The name of the Didjeredoo comes from the Aboriginal Australian language(s). Nothing to do whatsoever with the Irish language.

Tomás

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OCG (82.69.43.128 - 82.69.43.128)
Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - 07:07 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

A university researcher in Australia (with Irish roots) came up with a theory that it came from the Irish words:

Dúdaire Dubh (a black piper)

A dúidín was a clay tobacco pipe.

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Aonghus (62.77.191.130 - 62.77.191.130)
Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2004 - 04:12 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Sounds a little flaky (and very disrespectful):
dúdaire [ainmfhocal firinscneach den cheathrú díochlaonadh]
duine scrogallach, scrogaire; crónánaí, duanaire; amadán.

But when I googled for didjeredoo, the aborigine names that came up were very different, so I suppose it's possible.

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Aonghus (62.77.191.130 - 62.77.191.130)
Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2004 - 04:20 am:   Edit Post Print Post

On the other hand, this article makes a plausible case for Dúdaire Dubh - I recant.



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