Singing the Land: The power of performance in Aboriginal life

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ISBN: 9780980280227
Author: Jill Stubington
Publication Date: 1/10/2007
Edition: Standard
Publisher: Currency House
Extent: 320pp.

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For the Indigenous people of Australia, songs and dances have encoded their history and religion, their social organisation, and their connectedness to the land for 60,000 years. As research assistant to the eminent musicologist Alice Moyle, and later on her own behalf, Jill Stubington spent many years between 1960 and 1980 in remote regions of Australia learning to listen to this music, to understand its complexity, its central role in identity, social cohesion, celebration and conflict resolution. In three sections the book details the diverse culture, its musical instruments and practice; and provides listening guides to the available CDs and notations.

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