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Recirculating Songs: Revitalising the singing practices of Indigenous Australia


Edited by Jim Wafer & Myfany Turpin

Hunter Press has partnered with Asia–Pacific Linguistics, ANU, to publish this landmark book.

This is the first volume devoted specifically to the revitalisation of ancestral Indigenous singing practices in Australia. These traditions are at severe risk in many parts of the country, and this book investigates the strategies currently being implemented to reverse the damage. In some areas the ancestral musical culture is still transmitted across the generations; in others it is partially remembered, and being revitalised with the assistance of heritage recordings and written documentation; but in many parts of Australia, the transmission of songs has been interrupted, and in those places revitalisation relies on research and restoration. The authors, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, consider these issues across a broad range of geographical locations, and from a number of different theoretical and methodological angles. The chapters provide helpful insights for Indigenous people and communities, researchers and educators and anyone interested in the song traditions of Indigenous Australia.

Read a review here by Katelyn Barney, Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and Managing Editor of the Australian Journal of Indigenous Education

Includes QR codes so you can hear and see the music!

View some sample spreads at left under cover image, and read the first 45 pages, including contents, here:

ABOUT THE EDITORS: Jim Wafer is a linguist-anthropologist with an honorary appointment in the Discipline of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Newcastle. He is the author or co-author of  The taste of blood: spirit possession in Brazilian Candomblé, A handbook of Aboriginal languages of NSW and the ACT and a number of Aboriginal land claim reports. Myfany Turpin is a linguist and musicologist at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Kaytetye to English Dictionary, Antarrengeny Awely: Alyawarr women’s traditional songs of Antarrengeny country and many articles on Aboriginal song and languages.

ISBN (print): 978-0-9945863-1-5; 254 x 178mm; 424pp; index; 40 black and white illustrations plus music notations; QR codes so you can hear and see the music
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-922185-40-2

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