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Songs, Dreamings, and Ghosts: The Wangga of North Australia

Marett, Allan J. (2005). Songs, Dreamings, and Ghosts: The Wangga of North Australia. Darwin, N.T.: Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press).

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Author Marett, Allan J.
Title Songs, Dreamings, and Ghosts: The Wangga of North Australia
Place of Publication Darwin, N.T.
Publisher Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press)
Publication Year 2005
ISBN 9780819566188   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 204
Language English
Field of Research 2002 - Cultural Studies
1999 - Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Abstract A mesmerizing journey into the musical world of Australia's Aboriginal people. Aboriginal musicians receive songs both from an eternal realm known as 'The Dreaming' and from the ghosts of deceased ancestors. 'Songs, Dreamings, and Ghosts' is the first book-length study of wangga, a musical and ceremonial genre of Aboriginal people of the Daly region of northern Australia. This work is a labor of love, the culmination of nearly twenty years of field-work and research by renowned ethnomusicologist Allan Marett, and represents the only comprehensive documentation of a single major genre of Aboriginal music. With firsthand, in-depth knowledge of northwest Australia's Aboriginal cultures, Marett provides the reader with a penetrating description and analysis of this compelling musical practice. This book makes a significant contribution to knowledge of Aboriginal studies and provides a rare glimpse into relatively unknown traditions and cultures. It includes illustrations, musical examples, and a CD loaded with samples of this fascinating music, closely linked to the text.
Keyword Music
Northern Australia
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