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Masked corroborees of the northwest - "stand up in my head"

Sweeney, Dominique

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In northwest Australia a range of corroborees incorporate the use of masks. These and other performance objects connect bodies to country, cultural knowledge and ancestors. They also reaffirm the political status of people in their country. My thesis is in two parts: making a digital video (DV) about the way these masks come into being and how they are used; and this written thesis analysing the groundwork process involved in making the DV. The Ngarinyin, Narinyman and Worla people of...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSweeney, Dominique
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-08T23:21:56Z
dc.date.available2016-11-08T23:21:56Z
dc.date.copyright2009
dc.identifier.otherb2443382
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/110183
dc.description.abstractIn northwest Australia a range of corroborees incorporate the use of masks. These and other performance objects connect bodies to country, cultural knowledge and ancestors. They also reaffirm the political status of people in their country. My thesis is in two parts: making a digital video (DV) about the way these masks come into being and how they are used; and this written thesis analysing the groundwork process involved in making the DV. The Ngarinyin, Narinyman and Worla people of northwest Australia are peoples with whom I have concentrated my research and video documentation concerning the animation of Wunggurr (Rainbow Serpent) and Ngarranggarni, the cosmological entirety, through performance. Masking in these corroborees is a process of manifestation when the boundary between the body of a performer and the landscape/cosmos/ancestor become one. Performances elicit questions about relationships to country, cultural knowledge, and with the dead. Do performances mean the same when performed away from their country of origin at national and international festivals? Are the conceptual categories 'performance' and 'mask' sufficient to describe what is happening in these circumstances? What are the implications for Performance Studies in looking more deeply into these performances? It is through my growing understanding and representation of the contemporary circumstances surrounding the people involved in the creation and preparation of corroborees, that this thesis explores.
dc.format.extent194 leaves
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT : The Australian National University
dc.rightsAuthor retains copyright
dc.subject.lccDU124.R57 S94 2009
dc.subject.lcshMasks Symbolic aspects Australia, Northern
dc.subject.lcshDance, Aboriginal Australian Australia, Northern
dc.subject.lcshAboriginal Australians Rites and ceremoniesAustralia, Northern
dc.subject.lcshAboriginal Australians Folklore
dc.subject.lcshAustralia, Northern
dc.titleMasked corroborees of the northwest - "stand up in my head"
dc.typeThesis (PhD)
local.contributor.institutionThe Australian National University
local.contributor.supervisorMorphy, Howard
local.contributor.supervisorcontactHoward.Morphy@anu.edu.au
dcterms.valid2009
local.description.notes26/11/2018 Have added Domininique's email address as he is happy to receive email requests for his thesis, but can't make it open access at this time due to cultural sensitivities - Elke
local.description.refereedYes
local.type.degreeDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.date.issued2009
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationCollege of Arts & Social Sciences, The Australian National University
local.description.embargo2021-04-01
local.request.emailrepository.admin@anu.edu.au
local.request.nameDigital Theses
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5d51468201aae
dc.date.updated2016-11-01T00:03:25Z
dcterms.accessRightsRestricted access
dc.provenanceThis thesis has been scanned and made available online through exception 200AB to the Copyright Act.
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