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Songs that will keep ancestral languages alive: a Marrku songset from western Arnhem land

Brown, Reuben; Evans, Nicholas


When songs are performed in socially meaningful and memorable contexts, they can act as vehicles that carry aspects of an individual�s language and identity, sometimes long after that person dies and his or her language is no longer spoken. In this chapter we present an illustrative case study from western Arnhem Land: the Milyarryarr (�black heron�) song-set, which is associated with the �extinct� languages of Marrku, Manangkardi, and Ilgar but continues to be performed by songman...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Recirculating Songs: Revitalising the Singing Practices of Indigenous Australia


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