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Title: Yawahr: A Corroboree for Everybody
Contributor(s): Gummow, Margaret (author)
Publication Date: 2002
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Abstract: Aboriginal peoples of the south-eastern regions of Australia have had a long, harsh history of European contact. As the area of the most intensive European settlement, Aboriginal culture in coastal New South Wales (NSW) has been almost devastated by white invasion. Consequently, musicological work in western NSW is quite different to other areas of Australia, for it is essentially a salvage operation,in collecting and trying to make sense of the remaining knowledge of a small number of senior Aboriginal people. This paper discusses 'Yawahr', one performance genre from the Bundjalung and Gidabal areas of south-eastern Australia. Several recordings of one song, 'Mundala', are examined, and evidence is produced to confirm that performances in the past, unlike today, incorporated group singing and dancing. These findings are then placed into the broader context of existing research on the nature of performance from other areas of New South Wales.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Musicology Australia, v.25, p. 48-75
Publisher: The Musicological Society of Australia
Place of Publication: Canberra, Australia
ISSN: 0814-5857
Field of Research (FOR): 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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