This instrument is called an Ulpere (an Arrernte word literally meaning'hollow branch'). Arrernte man Walter Smith once claimed that the Ulpere was used to announce the opening of a well known dance that was shared between Aboriginal groups in Central Austtralia, theTjitjingalla corroboree. The missionary and ethnographer Carl Strehlow, who lived amongst the Western Arrernte between 1984 and 1922 described a similar trumpet (called a Karakara) which was decorated with a red painted strawflower and used in a public corroboree performances. Strehlow says it was 'used like a trumpet' and made a hollow, deep sound.

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Short wind instrument (didjeridu) decorated with feathers.

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