Australian Aboriginal Studies

A scholarly journal publishing original research on the cultures and lifestyles of Australia?s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Content includes studies, research reports, news briefs, and reviews of books and films. This is the official pub

Articles from Vol. 2007, No. 2, Fall

Aboriginal Health Workers: Primary Health Care at the Margins
Aboriginal Health Workers: Primary health care at the margins Bill Genat with Sharon Bushby, May McGuire, Eileen Taylor, Yvette Walley and Thelma Weston 2006 University of Western Australia Press, Claremont 6010, vii +226pp, ISBN 1 92069 476...
A Kimberley Concept of Socially Useful Work
A challenge facing the nation is to imagine new social, cultural and economic possibilities that is inclusive of Indigenous Australians. In the Kimberley, mananambarra (plural: senior Indigenous men and women) were committed to a belief in the sanctity...
Australian Aboriginal Song Language: So Many Questions, So Little to Work With
Recent years have seen a significant upturn in research activity into Indigenous song language. We now have teams of researchers including anthropologists, linguists and musicologists engaged in longer-term song language projects. This paper seeks...
Awelye Akwelye: Kaytetye Women's Traditional Songs from Arnerre, Central Australia
Awelye Akwelye: Kaytetye women's traditional songs from Arnerre, Central Australia Alison Ngamperle Ross and Myfany Turpin 2003 Papulu Apparr-Kari Language and Culture Centre, Tennant Creek (issued both as cassette and CD, with accompanying booklet,...
Benelong's Haven: Recovery from Alcohol and Drug Abuse within an Aboriginal Australian Residential Treatment Centre
Benelong's Haven: Recovery from alcohol and drug abuse within an Aboriginal Australian residential treatment centre Richard Chenhall 2007 Melbourne University Press, Carlton, x+321 pp, ISBN 0 522 85348 X Benelong's Haven is an ethnography...
Budutthun Ratja Wiyinymirri: Formal Flexibility in the Yolnu Manikay Tradition and the Challenge of Recording a Complete Repertoire (1)
Abstract: Among the Yolnu (people) of north-eastern Arnhem Land, manikay (song) series serve as records of sacred relationships between humans, country and ancestors. Their formal structures constitute the over-arching order of all ceremonial actions,...
Flesh with Country: Juxtaposition and Minimal Contrast in the Construction and Melodic Treatment of Jadmi Song Texts
Abstract: For some time researchers of Centralian-style songs have found that compositional and performance practices that guide the construction and musical treatment of song texts have a broader social function. Most recently, Barwick has identified...
Graham Henderson
Dr Graham Henderson, Visiting Research Fellow Social Health, is a member of the AIATSIS health research team, which is also part of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH). He and Ms Arabena were in-volved with several projects...
Iwaidja Jurtbirrk Songs: Bringing Language and Music Together
Abstract: Song brings language and music together. Great singers are at once musicians and wordsmiths, who toss rhythm, melody and word against one another in complex cross-play. In this paper we outline some initial findings that are emerging from...
Jessica Weir
Ms Jessica Weir was appointed as a Visiting Research Fellow in January 2007. Ms Weir is involved in three NTRU research projects: prescribed bodies corporate (PBCs); native title and land and water management; and the Gunditjmara land justice story....
Jurtbirrk Love Songs from North Western Arnhem Land
Jurtbirrk Love Songs from North Western Arnhem Land David Minyimak and others (composers/ performers), Linda Barwick, Bruce Birch, Joy Williams, Sabine Hoeng (field recording/ editing/transcriptions/notes) 2005 Batchelor Press, CD+48pp booklet,...
Kerry Arabena
Ms Kerry Arabena, Visiting Research Fellow Social Health, is a member of the health research team at AIATSIS and took part in various of its of its projects of into the social determinants of health and wellbeing. She undertook the Indigenous Health...
Lawrence Piyarlum Kolumboort (Karamengi) January 1939-March 2006
Laurence Kolumboort was an extraordinary songman, and leader of the Wadeye (Port Keats) community. He was born 1 January 1939 at Old Mission (the Port Keats Mission was established in 1935), the fifth of eight children. His mother's name was Jean Marie...
Linking Ecosystem Services to Well-Being: A Case Study of Aboriginal Communities in Northern Australia
This study investigated the role of ecosystem services in the well-being of Aboriginal Australians, in the tropical savanna region of northern Australia. There is significant literature available to suggest that Aboriginal communities depend upon the...
Lisa Strelein
Dr Lisa Strelein Visiting Research Fellow and Director of the Native Title Research Unit (NTRU) is also currently Director of Research Programs. Dr Strelein is involved in two NTRU research projects: prescribed bodies corporate (PBCs); and taxation,...
Morrdjdjanjno Ngan-Marnbom Story Nakka, 'Songs That Turn Me into a Story Teller': The Morrdjdjanjno of Western Arnhem Land
Abstract: Morrdjdjanjno is the name of a song genre from the Arnhem Land plateau in the Top End of the Northern Territory and this paper is a first description of this previously undocumented song tradition. Morrdjdjanjno are songs owned neither by...
Musical and Linguistic Perspectives on Aboriginal Song
In the period from 1984 to the present, numerous collections of essays dedicated entirely or partly to Aboriginal song and dance have appeared. (1) Each of these represented a response to particular stimuli. Three publications, Songs of Aboriginal...
Philip DeLacey D. 2007
Philip DeLacey was born in New Zealand and commenced his professional life there as an optometrist. He graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1959 with a BSc (Optometrical Science). After his return to New Zealand he completed part-time...
Ronald Rose's Collection of Original Negatives
Ronald Rose's collection of original negatives In the introduction to Living Magic: The realities underlying the psychical practices and beliefs of Australian Aborigines (Chatto and Windus, London 1957), Ronald Rose wrote that his book is 'essentially...
Simplifying Musical Practice in Order to Enhance Local Identity: The Case of Rhythmic Modes in the Walakandha Wangga (Wadeye, Northern Territory)
Abstract: Around 1982, senior performers of the Walakandha wangga, a repertory of song and dance from the northern Australian community of Wadeye (Port Keats), made a conscious decision to simplify their complex musical and dance practice in order...
Songlines and Stone Axes: Transport, Trade and Travel in Australia
Songlines and Stone Axes: Transport, trade and travel in Australia John Nicholson 2007 Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, 32pp, ISBN 978 117 41175 002 7 Songlines and Stone Axes is the first book of a new series on Transport, Trade and Travel...
Songs, Dreamings, and Ghosts: The Wangga of North Australia
Songs, Dreamings, and Ghosts: The wangga of north Australia Allan Marett 2005 Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, Connecticut (music/culture series), xxiii+292pp bound, with CD audio recording, ISBN 0 8195 6617 9 Since 1986, Allan Marett...
Sung and Spoken: An Analysis of Two Different Versions of a Kun-Barlang Love Song
Abstract: In examining a sung version and a spoken version of a Kun-barlang love song text recorded by Alice Moyle in 1962, I outline the context and overall structure of the song, then provide a detailed comparative analysis of the two versions. I...
The First Boat People
The First Boat People Steve Webb 2006 Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series 47), xvii+318pp, ISBN 978 0 521 85656 0 The first half of this book addresses the initial colonisation...
The Poetics of Central Australian Song
Abstract: An often cited feature of traditional songs from Central Australia (CA songs) is the obfuscation of meaning. This arises partly from the difficulties of translation and partly from the difficulties in identifying words in song. The latter...
Toni Bauman
Ms Toni Bauman was re-appointed as a Visiting Research Fellow--Native Title Research Unit (NTRU) commencing in January 2007. In April 2007, she convened the first national meeting of Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs), following which she published...
"Too Long, That Wangga': Analysing Wangga Texts over Time
Abstract: For the past forty or so years, Daly region song-men have joined with musicologists and linguists to document their wangga songs. This work has revealed a corpus of more than one hundred wangga songs composed in five language varieties (1)...
Wurrurrumi Kun-Borrk: Songs from Western Arnhem Land
Wurrurrumi Kun-Borrk: Songs from Western Arnhem Land Kevin Djimarr (composer, songman and man-beringinj (clapsticks)), James lyuna (vocals), Jimmy Djarrbbarali (vocals), Owen Yalandja (mako (didjeridu)), Murray Garde and Stephen Wild (field recording...
Ysola Best 1940-2007
Ysola Best dedicated much of her life to researching and documenting her Indigenous heritage and having recognised the role that her family played in the development of the Gold Coast, southeastern Queensland. Her ancestors and traditional custodians...
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