Many Songs, Many Voices, and Many Dialogues: A Conversation about Yanyuwa Performance Practice in a Remote Aboriginal Communi

Elizabeth Mackinlay, John Bradley

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Reflecting on our combined twenty years fieldwork experience in the Yanyuwa community, this paper speaks to the range of performance practices enacted by Aboriginal people in the remote town of Borroloola, in the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria of the Northern Territory. Broadly, this paper positions Yanyuwa song, dance and ceremony as performative dialogues in both intracultural and inter-cultural contexts that enact agency to negotiate and sustain Aboriginal performance traditions in this region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-243
Number of pages16
JournalRural Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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