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Author Strehlow, T. G. H. (Theodor George Henry), 1908-1978.

Title Songs of Central Australia / T.G.H. Strehlow.

Published Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1971.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail SpC/AX  899.61 S915    NOT FOR LOAN
 UniM Bail Music RB  781.71174991 STRE    NOT FOR LOAN
Physical description liv, 775 pages : colour illustrations, colour map, music ; 26 cm
Notes Map in pocket inside back cover.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary This is Strehlow's most widely regarded work and the culmination of his anthropological work related to the Aranda (Arunta) people of the Alice Springs region. In this work Strehlow records the patrilineal chants or songs of the Aranda people and puts them into a wider context of totemic cultural understanding. Of particular interest is Chapter 10, the love songs of the Aranda people, which pre-date European romantic conventions by several thousand years.
Introduction, p.xiii-liv; Based on material collected 1932-1960; background to collection of songs, previous research, lists ceremonies witnessed 1932-1965; evaluation of work of C. Strehlow, Spencer & Gillen; details of informants and areas visited for Western, Northern, Southern and Easter Aranda groups; explanation of phonetic signs and symbols; Part 1, p.3 - 105; Rhythmic measures and musical structure, verse accentuation not coincidental with prose accentuation, accentuation brings out strong beats of rhythmic measure, rhythmic measure is of a musical type, syllables stand in fixed musical time ratio, metric antithesis; song measures and tonal patterns; redivision of syllables and phonetic changes; declaimed and recited measures; Part 2, p.109-236; Language and verse structure, parallelism and antithesis; individualism of couplets, the name of ritual objects; names of supernatural personages, their influence on origin of verse; diction & structure of a typical song; contrast in treatment of subject between myth and song; poetic diction and special poetic devices; compound words and poetic vocabulary; poetic vocabulary and value of oral tradition; syntactical and grammatical peculiarities; Part 3, p.241-653; Subject matter and themes, importance of primitive verse in a primitive community; principal themes - charms against injury and sickness and to bring about either health or sickness; charms to hurt enemies, avengers songs; charms to revive persons who had died by violence; songs sung during totemic increase ceremonies; relation between magic spells and songs celebrating deeds of totemic ancestors; songs commemorating deeds of totemic ancestors; initiation songs; Rukuta songs; charms to control weather; songs of human beauty, love charms; songs celebrating love of homeland; Mans twin souls, death, the sky dwellers; semi sacred songs, non sacred songs, womens songs; Part 4, p.657-729; Final summary, absence of certain themes and types of verse; expression of descriptive passages, feeling and emotion; development & change; gives examples of poetic terms in normal vocabulary (c.30 items defining times during night & day); comparison with European poetry; throughout text quotes from approximately 900 couplets in vernacular with free translation, gives details of many ceremonies and relevant mythological background, body decorations, sacred objects; map shows locations of places mentioned with alphabetical index on reverse, also tribal territory of Aranda, Anmatjera, Walbiri, Kaititja, Aljawaura, Ngalia, Kukatja, Pintubi, Matutara, Jankuntjatjara, Andekerinja, Wangkanguru, Arabana; index includes glossary of place names, names of supernatural beings, ceremonies, sacred objects, song words etc.
Subject Strehlow, C. (Carl), 1871-1922.
Gillen, F. J. (Francis James), 1855-1912.
Spencer, Baldwin, 1860-1929.
Music - Vocal - Clan songs.
Music - Vocal.
Music - Musicology - Ethnomusicology.
Music - Musicology.
Arrernte language C8.
Alyawarr people C14.
Anmatyerr language C8.1.
Anmatyerr people C8.1.
Antikirinya language C5.
Antikirinya people C5.
Arabana language L13.
Arabana people L13.
Alyawarr language C14.
Arrernte people C8.
Kaytetye language C13.
Kaytetye people C13.
Kukatja language A68.
Kukatja people A68.
Luritja language C7.1.
Luritja people C7.1.
Ngalia language C2.
Ngalia people C2.
Pintupi language C10.
Pintupi people C10.
Pitjantjatjara language C6.
Pitjantjatjara people C6.
Wangkangurru language L27.
Wangkangurru people L27.
Warlpiri language C15.
Yapa people C15.
Yankunytjatjara language C4.
Yankunytjatjara people C4.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Central Australia -- Music.
Aranda (Australian people) -- Poetry.
Aranda (Australian people) -- Music.
Folk songs, Aboriginal Australian -- History and criticism.
Songs, Aboriginal Australian.
Folk songs, Aboriginal Australian -- Australia -- History and criticism.
Western Arrernte language.
Aboriginal Australians -- Music -- History and criticism.
Folk music -- Australia -- History and criticism.
South Central Northern Territory (NT)
ISBN 0207946574