Songs from the Stations

Myfany Turpin; Felicity Meakins; Erika Charola; Brenda L. Croft (Photographer)

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Despite harsh conditions and decades of mistreatment, an eclectic ceremonial life flourished amongst Indigenous workers on Wave Hill Station. Constant travel between cattle stations across north-western and central Australia meant that Wave Hill Station became a cross-road of desert and Top End musical styles. As a result, the Gurindji people learnt songs from the Mudburra who came from further east, the Bilinarra from the north, the Nyininy from the west, and the Warlpiri from the south. This book is the first detailed documentation of wajarra, public songs performed by the Gurindji people in response to contemporary events in their community. Featuring five song sets known as Laka, Mintiwarra, Kamul, Juntara, and Freedom Day, it is an exploration of the cultural exchange between Indigenous communities that was fostered by their involvement in the pastoral industry.

ISBN: 9781743325841
Publication Date: 01-Mar-2019
Publisher: Sydney University Press