Have memory of pre colonial past in a context when political consciousness of

Have memory of pre colonial past in a context when

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Have memory of pre-colonial past in a context when political consciousness of plight of indigenous people, have kept cultural traditions alive, not assimilated as much Fathers of performers protested against Australian government--mining rights to aboriginal land Sons and songs pick up the cause
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Yothu Yindi TREATY about the issues of land ownership and appropriation--see song text 1992 landmark case Australian high court reversed a previous doctrine that Australian land was not owned when Europeans arrived. Several new laws passed: Native Title in Common Law (1992) and Native Title Act (1993) Leader of YY has won “Australian of the Year” award, high profile AA fighting for aboriginal rights
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Text to Treaty
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Audio Example READ MAGOWAN HERE to FILL IN Examine the CD as a whole The structure of the tracks--trad. Pop. Trad Alternation of aboriginal language and English Song texts about politics and natural world Variable use of dijeridoo Relationship between voice, dij and sticks Sometimes two dij playing
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YY Liner Notes: AA and European Australians together Dijeridoo and body painting
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The full program with AA fully technologized
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Treaty 1 and 2 Debates Beyond the Aboriginal Community, a debate about the value of the two versions of Treaty Three large themes emerge in this debate Political vs. Commercial interests Political vs. Artistic interests Political vs. [apolitical] popular culture interests Examine the two versions of TREATY closely
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Treaty Debated TREATY 1 (released 1991) Song addresses unfulfilled promises between Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Northern Lands Council Chairman Galarrwuy Yunupingu (process begun in 1960s) What kinds of musical, textual, and visual images dominate this version of Treaty?
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Treaty Debated Treaty 2 is the controversial version because it seems to back out of the political message completely Dance remix also released in 1991 Begins with female voice “clap your hands and dance” and a 1960s organ riff, hardly the sound of a political rally! The aboriginal lyrics are retained, but global audiences don’t understand so why?
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Treaty Debated So too with yidaki and bilma (woodblocks) Added synthesizer, drum machine, and sound samples Tourism, escapism vs. political conscientizing? Do Aboriginal Australians have the right to capitalize on their political struggle? Not a question unique to this example.
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Treaty Debated Filmmaker: first time he heard the example, he thought color, movement, dance, chaos, kids, --nothing political needed to be portrayed Multiple images, multiple message, many interpreations of same images. For whom is there a “problem” with authenticity, who is most invested in the authentic here? Whose authenticity? Can the sacred be commodified--underlying theme?
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