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article imageNicole Kidman in Didgeridoo Faux-pas

By Richard van der Draay     Dec 15, 2008 in Entertainment
Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman appeared on the German television programme ‘Wetten Das’ to promote the film ‘Australia’. An Australia faux-pas ensued.
This particular television programme is well-known for its high-jinks and at one point Nicole Kidman could be seen playing the Didgeridoo, that mysterious Aboriginal instrument.
The reaction among tribal elders and Aboriginal academics back home was clear. She should have known better after working with Aboriginal actors and staff on ‘Australia’. The fact is that in many Indigenous traditions it is taboo for women to be playing the instrument. Moreover, it is believed to be dangerous for women to play it and can render them infertile if they do.
One would have thought that the film’s director at least would have been able to warn Kidman of the taboos concerning playing the Didgeridoo. It is a stark irony that the people involved in making a film that, at least in part, aims to tell the Australian and Aboriginal story ended up showing a measure of disregard for Indigenous culture.
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