Timpilypa (Music Sticks)


Timpilypa are used by both men and women and played by holding one stick loosely in the hand while striking  it with the other in a slow rhythmic beat. Differences in pitch and tone are achieved by varying the point and intensity of contact.

‘Munu timpilypa ngarinyi, laka purunypa. Laka purunypa....lakara lakara kulira panya palyaningi. Timpilypa alatjitu.' Anangu tjilpi

There are small sticks you make a  sound like a clap with...clap clap, listening closely then crafting them. That’s how you get music sticks. -Senior Western Desert Aboriginal Man.


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