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Title:Return of a travelling song: Wanji-wanji in the Pintupi region of Central Australia
Bibliographic Citation:Myfany Turpin; 2019-10; Kaipuleohone University of Hawai'i Digital Language Archive;http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24886.
Creator:Myfany Turpin
Date (W3CDTF):2019-10
Description:This chapter discusses responses to the return of legacy recordings of Pintupi singing made in 1976 and the collection of further metadata about the song Wanji-wanji featured on the recordings. Wanji-wanji was once a popular entertainment song that was performed across the western half of Australia, as can be seen by the many recordings of it held in archives. Custodianship of the song is unknown; the earliest reference to its performance dates back to the 1850s, where it is described as a ‘travelling dance’ (Bates 1913–1914) and so in terms of copyright its status may be comparable to ‘public domain’, i.e. outside of copyright. Responses to hearing the recording were emotional. Those who knew the song recalled the place and time in which they had heard it long ago. There was great interest in how widely it was known though little interest in the meanings of the lyrics. On the whole, responses to access and proposed uses of the recordings, as well as the future possible uses of the song, reflected its public domain status. Nevertheless, the confidence in people’s responses varied depending on whether the individual knew the song, had experience in using archival recordings, and whether they perceived community interest and support for classical Aboriginal singing practices.
Identifier:Turpin, Myfany. "Return of a travelling song: Wanji-wanji in the Pintupi region of Central Australia." In Archival returns: Central Australia and beyond, edited by Linda Barwick, Jennifer Green, and Petronella Vaarzon-Morel, 239–262. LD&C Special Publication 18. Honolulu & Sydney: University of Hawai’i Press & Sydney University Press, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24886/.
Identifier (URI):http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24886
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Relation:LD&C Special Publication 18
Subject:Aboriginal song
Indigenous ceremony
entertainment songs
Australian Aboriginal ceremony
Table Of Contents:LDC_SP18 ARCHIVAL RETURNS_Chapter12.pdf


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Citation: Myfany Turpin. 2019. University of Hawai'i Press.

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