We are very excited to announce the next public lecture in our series on Indigenous languages.
This free public lecture, “Songs to live by: the Arrernte Women’s Project” will be presented by Rachel Perkins (Blackfella films) and Myfany Turpin (University of Sydney).
In 2015 senior women from across the Arrernte nation in central Australia gathered with their families to record what was held in their living memory of their song traditions. Arrernte people regard traditional Aboriginal songs as the quintessential repository of their law and culture; yet they struggle to find a place for performance in contemporary society. For five weeks in Alice Springs, audio-visual recordings of performances were made. As part of the project the repatriation of earlier recordings were also made to women descended from original song holders. This ground breaking project was the first time Arrernte women had organised to methodically catalogue their entire cultural knowledge in this manner. In this talk we present on the project and show excerpts of the public material gathered. You will also hear from participants of the project, who recorded their responses to the camp and their aspirations for the future of their culture.
Registrations for this free event are required, and can be done so on the University’s Alumni and Friends website: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/perkins-turpin
For more information, download the Songs to live by: the Arrernte Women’s Project flyer (707kb).