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Doug is some didg maker . I saw his didgs in a shop  and I did a swap  with the fella  for one of mine. I had to  track this fella down.  I tried tracking his number in phone books, then  asking around, and then I let go, trusting one day we'll connect. A short time later someone walked into the shop, we got talking and he dropped Dougs name. My ears pricked up, bingo, prayer answered.

  I'm glad! I've met such a nice fella .  Doug and a mate Tom travelled  to visit us, with some freshly crafted didgs. I had some didg mates around and we were stoked to admire their didgs and connect up.

His didgs are finely crafted and intricately burnt, absolutely gorgous.

Doug is married into the Bunjalung mob and is a story teller traveller, originally part of the Mutti Mutti mob in the Lake Munga, Balranald area near the Vic NSW border. Since  a lad he has been into making boomerangs, and into his art. Now 4-5 decades later he is still sharing  his culture, through his didgeridoos, boomerangs and other artifacts he produces.

When I asked him for some details to pass on to folks, age etc, he sais to me in classic Dougie style. "Just tell them, why do I want to be reminded about being born by a river under a gum tree." Same with how do you spell Mutti Mutti. Whats  the correct spelling, god knows spellings a new one, as long as it sounds right.

 

With indigenous crew,or folk who live in the bush or work the land, one can feel the roots of OZ; unassuming folk, good for a yarn and a laugh, a simple meeting up, is always more. Doug and I had only spoken on the phone until he visited. Even  on the phone I felt like I'd known him for ages. His warm  manerisms chatting  left me feeling  good afterwards.

Aussie slang  and our accent that folk worldwide seem to love; where does it come from,- indigenous folk of course. White folk over decades and then centuries interacting with  aboriginals whose land they took on ( without asking I might add ), gradually took on a slant of  aboriginals accent and manerisms.

Doug's a fella who is   indigenous and aussie through and through.

I hope this beautiful land   always has folk like Doug and Tom. I hope we  never lose our  accent and slang, its precious.

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