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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 The Role of Songs in Connecting the Living and the Dead : A Funeral Ceremony for Nakodjok in Western Arnhem Land
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'The family had waited a long time for this. Their father had passed away some six months earlier, in the middle of the wet season in the Top End of the Northern Territory, and his body had been held in a morgue in Katherine all this time. Now that the dry season had begun and the water levels along the rivers and flood plains had receded, some of the remote dirt roads through Arnhem Land were once again open. The family’s outstation on their ancestral Country at Mikkinj Valley was now accessible via a road that ran east from the Aboriginal community of Gunbalanya (also known as Oenpelli), and then west around the other side of the Arnhem Land escarpment, and preparations to bury their father on his Country could begin in earnest. The burial had been planned for August, but with more deaths in the community of Gunbalanya creating a backlog of funerals and limiting space in the local morgue, the date was brought forward. In late June, the body of Nakodjok Nayinggul (or Nakodjok Namanilakarr, as he was referred to post-mortem) was finally returned to the family in a charter plane from Katherine to Gunbalanya.'  (Introduction)


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    y Circulating Cultures : Exchanges of Australian Indigenous Music, Dance and Media Amanda Harris (editor), Canberra : Australian National University , 2014 8363853 2014 selected work criticism

    'Circulating Cultures is an edited book about the transformation of cultural materials through the Australian landscape. The book explores cultural circulation, exchange and transit, through events such as the geographical movement of song series across the Kimberley and Arnhem Land; the transformation of Australian Aboriginal dance in the hands of an American choreographer; and the indigenisation of symbolic meanings in heavy metal music. Circulating Cultures crosses disciplinary boundaries, with contributions from historians, musicologists, linguists and dance historians, to depict shifts of cultural materials through time, place and interventions from people. It looks at the way Indigenous and non-Indigenous performing arts have changed through intercultural influence and collaboration.'(Publication summary)

    Canberra : Australian National University , 2014
    pg. 169-201
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169-201 The Role of Songs in Connecting the Living and the Dead : A Funeral Ceremony for Nakodjok in Western Arnhem LandAustLit
  • Top End, Northern Territory,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Katherine, Batchelor - Katherine area, Top End, Northern Territory,
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