Journey With Communities: Exploring Music Stories


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Presentation by Sandra Kirkwood at the 2nd ArtsHealth Conference, Newcastle, Australia, 7-9 October, 2009. "Journey with Communities: Exploring Music Stories of our Neighbourhood."

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Journey With Communities: Exploring Music Stories

  1. 1. Journey with communities: Exploring music stories of our neighbourhood Sandra Kirkwood Music Health Australia
  2. 2. Listen to the sounds you can hear in this place.
  3. 3. Importance of life stories <ul><li>There used to be corroborees where people sang, danced and celebrated life events </li></ul>
  4. 4. Spiritual connections with places <ul><li>There were special places, plants and animals. </li></ul><ul><li>A bunyip is said to have lived in waterholes covered by waterlillies. </li></ul><ul><li>Some stories were kept secret and others were shared with children. Two different schools. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Importance of people’s gatherings, language, music traditions and culture. <ul><li>People gathered together at the Bunya Mountains to sing, dance and tell stories. They feasted on bunya nuts. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The sounds changed as people moved into the neighbourhood. They brought new songs and music with them.
  7. 7. “What a friend we have in Jesus” <ul><li>Estey reed organ in Purga church and Ira Sankey’s Sacred Songs and Solos </li></ul>
  8. 8. “ Queensland Children’s Song” (George Sampson) Qld Teachers Manual of Music 1900
  9. 9. The Queensland Children’s Song E.W.H. Fowles, M.A., LL.B.George Sampson Final verse: This land is ours; we can till or spoil. God grant that from age to age, We cherish more, come peace or war, Our Queenly heritage.
  10. 10. “ Bunyip” (Herbert de Pinna) 1914-1918 Pantomime
  11. 11. Purga Aboriginal Mission Concert Party 1931-1932
  12. 12. “Bunyip” song <ul><li>Sssh! now listen all you children </li></ul><ul><li>Hark! Before you go to bed </li></ul><ul><li>And I’ll tell you all about the bunyip </li></ul><ul><li>The Australian Bushman’s dread. </li></ul><ul><li>Creeping all around the tea trees, </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for a child like you, </li></ul><ul><li>If you try to shoot you’re bound to miss him </li></ul><ul><li>Cos he changed into a kangaroo… </li></ul>
  13. 13. CWA Song: “Forward, Ever Forward!” Meta Maclean <ul><li>CHORUS: </li></ul><ul><li>Then forward! Ever forward </li></ul><ul><li>In the name of Sisterhood! </li></ul><ul><li>In Australia’s fame they have blazed their name, </li></ul><ul><li>Thro’ drought, and fire, and flood! </li></ul><ul><li>So stretch your hand to the women on the land from the Outback to the sea, </li></ul><ul><li>Till a mighty band, together we shall stand </li></ul><ul><li>In a chain of unity! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Nananala Kutuja (Harold Blair)
  15. 15. Pitjantjatjara chant and language Lyrics by Rev. R. Trudinger 1941-1942 <ul><li>Nananala Noodoodjah Nananala Noodoodjah </li></ul><ul><li>Goda Nyoon-doo nylna-ma. Goda Nyoon-doo nylna-ma. </li></ul><ul><li>Translation of lyrics (English) </li></ul><ul><li>With us always O God do Thou stay (repeated) </li></ul><ul><li>We, having sinned, must henceforth avoid evil, </li></ul><ul><li>So - do Thou, Oh God always with us stay. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Waltzing Matilda (Nunukul Yuggera, pipe band, Scottish & Irish dancers)2006
  17. 17. We did not know how to say goodbye to them as they passed on.
  18. 18. Music Museum & Genogram
  19. 19. Ethnomusicking <ul><li>Improvising new musical material to tell life stories. Accessible to all. </li></ul><ul><li>Composing music for each individual in memory of their interests, musical tastes and personal achievements. </li></ul><ul><li>The music expresses feelings, values and beliefs so may be more cathartic than some other activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitating positive ways of expressing grief and loss. Pass on wisdom and memories. Develop resilience. </li></ul>
  20. 20. ng News Stories
  21. 21. We told the Purga Music Story at community dinners and showed videos. <ul><li>Meeting place for stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Display & perform music and tell stories. Keeping place </li></ul><ul><li>Music memory group reunions back in neighbourhood </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-generational sharing, respect elders </li></ul><ul><li>Active learning principles </li></ul><ul><li>Community education </li></ul>