Clap Sticks by Shane Gala Forrester
Title: Clap Sticks
Medium: Clap Sticks
Size: 30 cm
Artist: Shane Gala Forrester
These clap sticks have an incredible sound. They have been hand-crafted out of Mulga wood, intended to play music. As an ancestral instrument which traditionally accompanies the didgeridoo, it is sometimes referred to as music stick. In the language of the Yolngu Aborigines of North-east Arnhem Land, Australia, these clap sticks are called bimli and are used to keep time with the playing of the didgeridoo.
In Central Australia where didgeridoo is not traditionally played the clapsticks help Aboriginal people chants to keep a rhythm during ceremonies. For clap sticks to work one stick is rounded, while the other is flattened.
If you would like to know more about Clap Sticks and the relationship with Aboriginal Art and culture, please read the following articles: