|Classical Song Traditions of Contemporary Western Arnhem Land in Their Multilingual Context
|Bickerdike Isabel, O'Keeffe
|Discussion about Mamurrng ceremonies at Warruwi, 11 November 2006. Some of the discussion relates to the Nginji Mamurrng that was happening that week. The discussion relates more generally to the Mamurrng ceremonies - the performance contexts for various different song sets at different times. Other parts of the discussion are not related to song-sets or to the Nginji mamurrng at all.
|The classical song traditions of Western Arnhem Land are amongst the foremost examples of verbal art in the nine endangered languages of the region, but few people are now competent to perform or comment on them. Typically performed in multi-lingual social contexts, song texts demonstrate unusual linguistic features such as mixtures of languages and a high proportion of esoteric and intimate vocabulary. We will collect, transcribe, translate and analyse song texts and discussions about songs by contemporary performers, and where relevant repatriate and document archival recordings, making our research results available to communities via a network of local digital repositories.
|Isabel Bickerdike is a postgraduate student at the University of Melbourne, supervised by Linda Barwick and Nick Evans. She was aged 25 in 2006 and was resident at Warruwi from May-November 2006. She is Ngal-bangardi skin, Wurrik clan (Kun-winjku tribe?, given by Mary Gurden-gurden, this is her mother\'s clan).
|Tommy Gargarba is an elderly Kun-barlang man from the Kun-kurduwala clan. His usual place of residence is Warruwi, but he owns clan estates on the mainland towards Maningrida. He is not a singer or songman, but is knowledgeable about different songs and ceremonies.
|Shirley Mawuli is a Kun-barlang woman from the Kamulkbarn clan. She was one of Isabel O'Keeffe's (née Bickerdike) Kun-barlang language teachers at Warruwi.
|University of Sydney
|Endangered Languages Archive
|OAI-PMH request for OLAC format
|Pre-generated XML file
|OAI-PMH request for simple DC format
|Bickerdike Isabel, O'Keeffe; Gargarba Tommy; Mawuli Shirley. 2006-11-11. Linda Barwick.