CAMPBELL, Genevieve

PhD University of Sydney 2013 Pages: 436

Ngarukuruwala - we sing: the songs of the Tiwi Islands, Northern Australia

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Link to Thesis: http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/bitstream/2123/10520/1/Campbell_G_thesis.pdf

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Abstract/Summary/Outline:

Through an analysis of Tiwi song composition techniques and comparison between performances recorded over the last hundred years, I give, for the first time in the literature, a comprehensive musical description of the Tiwi song repertory, showing that while it is primarily based on innovation, it forms a continuum of oral tradition, relying upon the acquisition of complex musical, linguistic and poetic composition skills. I place the Tiwi initiation ceremony, Kulama, as the centre-point of song creativity and instruction and suggest that its near-disappearance, along with social and linguistic change, have put the future of Tiwi extemporised song practice in jeopardy...

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