Carrie Dunn // 3 September 2008
Harper Collins, the publisher, are sticking with their new Australian edition of The Daring Book For Girls – despite the fact that some Aboriginal leaders are outraged with its advice on how to play the didgeridoo.
That’s because the didgeridoo is viewed in some Aboriginal cultures as a solely male preserve, and if a female even touches it, it’ll lead to all manner of evil, including infertility.
I’d be relatively impressed with HC’s defiant stance if it was in fact a stance, but it seems they just hadn’t done their research – they “weren’t aware” of any taboos on the instrument. However, at the moment they’re sticking to their guns. It’ll be interesting to see if they bow to pressure.