Sustaining women's yawulyu/awelye: Some practitioners' and learners' perspectives

Barwick, Linda, Laughren, Mary and Turpin, Myfany (2013) Sustaining women's yawulyu/awelye: Some practitioners' and learners' perspectives. Musicology Australia, 35 2: 191-220. doi:10.1080/08145857.2013.844491


Author Barwick, Linda
Laughren, Mary
Turpin, Myfany
Title Sustaining women's yawulyu/awelye: Some practitioners' and learners' perspectives
Journal name Musicology Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0814-5857
1949-453X
Publication date 2013-12-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08145857.2013.844491
Volume 35
Issue 2
Start page 191
End page 220
Total pages 30
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 1210 Music
Abstract In 2010 the authors visited various Central Australian communities, including Willowra, Tennant Creek, Alekarenge, Barrow Creek and Ti Tree, to interview some of our research collaborators past and present about how they saw the present and future of their yawulyu/awelye traditions. Yawulyu (in Warlpiri and Warumungu) and Awelye (in Kaytetye and other Arandic languages) are cognate names for women's country-based rituals, including songs, dancing, ritual objects and knowledge surrounding particular country and Dreaming stories. In the course of our research we spoke to women from different communities, different age groups, different language groups, and different clans, seeking to open discussion about past and contemporary practices of learning, performing and teaching this performance-based knowledge, to help us understand what the practitioners saw as the most fruitful ways of sustaining the traditions, as well as what difficulties they saw in their way. In this article we present statements from many of the women interviewed, highlighting the key issues that emerged and discussing the importance of recordings and other documentation of performances for the future sustainability of the various yawulyu/awelye traditions discussed.
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Institutional Status UQ

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