Toner, Peter Gerald
Music is ubiquitous in the social life of the Yolngu people of northeast Arnhem
Land in northern Australia. Not only does it accompany virtually every phase
of ritual, including dance, painting, and the production of sacred objects, but it
is frequently performed in non-ritual contexts as well, purely for the enjoyment
of performers and listeners alike. As such, an understanding of music provides
a unique and privileged point of entry into the study of Yolngu culture as a
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