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Returning recordings of songs that persist: The Anmatyerr traditions of akiw and anmanty

Gibson, Jason 2019, Returning recordings of songs that persist: The Anmatyerr traditions of akiw and anmanty. In Barwick, Linda, Green, Jennifer and Vaarzon-Morel, Petronella (ed), Archival Returns: Central Australia and Beyond, University of Hawai’i Press & Sydney University Press, Honolulu, H.I., pp.65-89.

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Title Returning recordings of songs that persist: The Anmatyerr traditions of akiw and anmanty
Formatted title  Returning recordings of songs that persist: The Anmatyerr traditions of akiw and anmanty
Author(s) Gibson, JasonORCID iD for Gibson, Jason orcid.org/0000-0001-8254-587X
Title of book Archival Returns: Central Australia and Beyond
Editor(s) Barwick, Linda
Green, Jennifer
Vaarzon-Morel, Petronella
Publication date 2019
Series Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication
Chapter number 4
Start page 65
End page 89
Total pages 25
Publisher University of Hawai’i Press & Sydney University Press
Place of Publication Honolulu, H.I.
Keyword(s) Anmatyerr
ethnomusicology
ceremony
Aboriginal history
repatriation
Summary Digitisation has made the return of recordings made by researchers in the past far more achievable than ever before. This technological advance, combined with the ethical and political imperative towards decolonising methodologies in Indigenous research, has resulted in considerable interest in ensuring that recordings of cultural value be returned to Indigenous communities. In this chapter, I reflect upon the fieldwork experience of returning archival song recordings concerning public aspects of male initiation ceremonies, known as akiw and anmanty, to Anmatyerr-speaking communities in the Northern Territory of Australia. Despite attenuation of song knowledge across the region, these songs continue to be sung at annual ritual events. Once these recordings were returned to these communities, Anmatyerr people quickly received them as important reiterations of their present-day socio-cultural expression. Evidently imbricated in a complex, ritually based form of complementary filiation and knowledge dissemination, these songs are shared and taught in a fragile and changing context of ceremonial practice. The account provided here offers insights into songs associated with arguably the most persistent and significant form of ceremonial practice in Central Australia, although sparsely documented in the Anmatyerr region. I also highlight the relational properties of song via their connections to place, Anengkerr ‘Dreaming’ and people and provide important insights into how these communities perceive the archiving and preservation of this material.
ISBN 9780997329575
Language eng
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2019, the author
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial licence
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