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The Resource Singing saltwater country : journey to the songlines of Carpentaria, John Bradley; with Yanyuwa families

Singing saltwater country : journey to the songlines of Carpentaria, John Bradley; with Yanyuwa families

Label
Singing saltwater country : journey to the songlines of Carpentaria
Title
Singing saltwater country
Title remainder
journey to the songlines of Carpentaria
Statement of responsibility
John Bradley; with Yanyuwa families
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Account of the author's encounter with the kujika (songs) of the Yanyuwa; Borroloola in the 1980s; learning the Mambaliya kujika (clan song) - Rainbow Serpents, Crow and Eagle; relation of songs to country - essences (scent and voice) of all things; spirit children; brief reference to Marndiwa (circumcision) and Kunabibi ceremonies; cycad processing - telling the cycad, Wallaby, Spirit Man and Shark story; creative power of songs - rain (making) song and massacre of the rain men; receiving songs and dances from Spirit People; Dingo Dreaming - Wawukarriya (Brolga); stone tools and Dingo Dreaming - relation of the Wambuyungu ceremony to Kunabibi; material culture in song; nature of Yanyuwa knowledge - relation of humans, non-humans (places, spirits), objects and power; sense of time; use of musical gongs in the Wambuyungu ceremony; translation of songs; dugong, fishing and sea grass beds - sea claim; Seven Sisters and Octopus Dreaming - Yanyuwa astronomy; cosmology - sound, essence and song; broken songs - Groper Dreaming; gender division in singing and Law - changes in transmission and knowledge; working on broken songs - Spirit People Dreaming - cycad leaching; Flu and Python Dreaming; Turtle Dreaming; boomerang making and playing; Yanyuwa way of knowledge - context based understanding of language; breath as link to country; includes brief descriptions of the Eagle, Corella, Rrumburriya (Sharks and Wallaby), Mambaliya (Crow and Nightjar), Wurdaliya (spirit people, Turtle, Dingo, Groper); Appendix - transcript of Dingo song
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
ANL
Dewey number
305.89915094295
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Singing saltwater country : journey to the songlines of Carpentaria, John Bradley; with Yanyuwa families
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references, glossary and index
Contents
Appendix: A sample of a full-length kujika
Control code
000045799358
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 303 p. [8] p. of col. plates ;
Isbn
9781742372419
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., maps, ports
System control number
(OCoLC)647124355
Label
Singing saltwater country : journey to the songlines of Carpentaria, John Bradley; with Yanyuwa families
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references, glossary and index
Contents
Appendix: A sample of a full-length kujika
Control code
000045799358
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 303 p. [8] p. of col. plates ;
Isbn
9781742372419
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., maps, ports
System control number
(OCoLC)647124355

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