Emu egg and Didgeridoo from Uncle John

Uncle John Mc Gregor from Collarenebri came to Sydney to visit Storylines at Surry Hills.

Uncle John showed us his emu egg that he carved himself and he explained that the people are sitting around a meeting place and there are rivers running to all the other meeting places. Most of all there is a snake around all the meeting places that protects everyone.

The emu egg sits on a piece of wood and there are emu feathers in between the egg and the wood. There is something different about this emu egg: it has a light in it.

Uncle John’s Didgeridoo sounds and looks neat. Uncle John makes his didgeridoo. He explained where he got it from and how it was made. The artwork is amazing. It shows people at meeting places and rivers connecting to other meeting places – we have to have water wherever we go. The animals are from the area where Uncle John is from: Colli – as they call it – a little country town a few hours from Walgett, Lightning Ridge, and Mungindi.

Uncle John explained how to play the Didgeridoo and then he showed us how to play it.

If you around the town don’t forget to go and see Collarenebri.

Story contributed by Lyn Brown from the Burraga Foundation. Published in 2021.