A long, long time ago – so long ago it happened in dreamtime – some ancestors decided to go camping. They went off and had a great time, but the weather turned cold at night so they built a warm, glowing campfire. As they sat around the fire, adding more sticks for warmth, one ancestor noticed that a branch he was about to toss into the flames contained the small, white ants that many people call termites. The ants had eaten away at the branch until it was hollow and they were still living and crawling inside. Since the ancestor respected the ants and did not want to toss them into the fire, he pointed the stick toward the heavens and blew gently to remove the little creatures. As he did, the white ants flew out of the stick and up into the heavens to become the twinkling stars that we see in the night sky today!
In return for this chance to live forever in the skies, the termites left behind the sound of their souls forever munching on the wood, and, to everyone’s surprise, the stick made the most wonderful, unique, incredible noise. This noise is the drone that you hear when the instrument is played. It was the sound of the first didgeridoo! And that is the story of how one ancestor’s respect for all living creatures led to this wonderful musical instrument discovery.