Individual contributors, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, demonstrate how local music and dance genres have been subjected to missionary, institutional, popular and global influences. They provide a cultural background and history of Torres Strait music and discuss how contemporary Christian music and dance in Arnhem Land incorporates traditional ritual. The book also looks at the cross-cultural issues of recording and teaching music and dance.

Contents: From 'Navajo' to 'Taba Naba': Unravelling the travels and metamorphosis of a popular Torres Strait Islander song; Home Among the Gum Trees: An ethnography of Yolngu musical performance in mainstream contexts; Music of the Torres Strait; Mabo, Music and Culture; Dancing, into Film: Exploring Yolngu motion, ritual and cosmology in the Yirrkala Film Project; A Rally at Ramingining: The 'uniting' force of music and dance in a Yolngu Christian context; Grand Concerts, Anzac Days and Evening Entertainments: Glimpses of musical culture on Thursday Island, Queensland, 1900-1945; Making the Journey In: Opening up spaces for performing, teaching and learning Aboriginal performance traditions; Musical Times: The interplay between metrical time and real time in a Central Arnhem Land clan song series; Index.

Edited by Karl Neuenfeldt and Fiona Magowan

Paperback / softback  (Text (eye-readable))  208pp  h230mm  x  w150mm  350g  Illustrations, unspecified 

ISBN13: 9780855754938