“Dancing with the stars”: astronomy and music in the Torres Strait

Duane Willis Hamacher, Alo Tapim, Segar Passi, John Barca

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Abstract

Song and dance are a traditional means of strengthening culture and passing knowledge to successive generations in the Torres Strait of northeastern Australia. Dances incorporate a range of apparatuses to enhance the performance, such as dance machines (Zamiyakal) and headdresses (Dhari). The dances, songs, headdresses and dance machines work together to transfer important knowledge about subsistence survival, social structure, and cultural continuity. This paper explores how celestial phenomena inspire and inform music and dance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDreams of Other Worlds
Subtitle of host publicationPapers from the Ninth Conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena
EditorsNicholas Campion, Chris Impey
Place of PublicationLampeter, UK
PublisherSophia Centre Press
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2017
EventInternational Conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena -
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena
Period1/01/11 → …

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Hamacher, D. W., Tapim, A., Passi, S., & Barca, J. (2017). “Dancing with the stars”: astronomy and music in the Torres Strait. In N. Campion, & C. Impey (Eds.), Dreams of Other Worlds: Papers from the Ninth Conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena (pp. 1-12). Lampeter, UK: Sophia Centre Press.
Hamacher, Duane Willis ; Tapim, Alo ; Passi, Segar ; Barca, John. / “Dancing with the stars”: astronomy and music in the Torres Strait. Dreams of Other Worlds: Papers from the Ninth Conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena. editor / Nicholas Campion ; Chris Impey. Lampeter, UK : Sophia Centre Press, 2017. pp. 1-12
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Hamacher, DW, Tapim, A, Passi, S & Barca, J 2017, “Dancing with the stars”: astronomy and music in the Torres Strait. in N Campion & C Impey (eds), Dreams of Other Worlds: Papers from the Ninth Conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena. Sophia Centre Press, Lampeter, UK, pp. 1-12, International Conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena, 1/01/11.

“Dancing with the stars”: astronomy and music in the Torres Strait. / Hamacher, Duane Willis; Tapim, Alo; Passi, Segar; Barca, John.

Dreams of Other Worlds: Papers from the Ninth Conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena. ed. / Nicholas Campion; Chris Impey. Lampeter, UK : Sophia Centre Press, 2017. p. 1-12.

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Hamacher DW, Tapim A, Passi S, Barca J. “Dancing with the stars”: astronomy and music in the Torres Strait. In Campion N, Impey C, editors, Dreams of Other Worlds: Papers from the Ninth Conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena. Lampeter, UK: Sophia Centre Press. 2017. p. 1-12