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Issue Details: First known date: 2003... 2003 [Review Essay] Broken Song : T.G.H. Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession
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'The son of Carl Strehlow, who established the Lutheran mission at Hermannsburg in 1896, TGH Strehlow grew up speaking Aranda. Schooled in the classics, and with an honours degree in English from the University of Adelaide, Strehlow returned to Central Australia when he was 24 to embark on a series of demanding journeys, recording Aranda songs, myths and rituals, and collecting secret-sacred objects—a mission itself, of documenting for posterity presumably doomed traditions. In Barry Hill’s meticulous and compelling narrative of Strehlow’s life, it becomes clear that Strehlow’s mistaken assumptions, typical of his epoch, would ultimately doom him too. He died, an aggrieved and broken man, in 1978, wilfully blind to the evidence of cultural continuity and political resurgence in Aranda life, and unable to slough off the colonial fantasy of being the true custodian of the culture he had appropriated.'  (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Australian Aboriginal Studies no. 1 2003 11977451 2003 periodical issue

    'In this issue, the first for 2003, there are five major articles on a variety of topics, mainly social anthropological but including ethnomusicology and analysis of rock-paintings and -carvings.'  (Editorial introduction)

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