Journal article

Relational Returns: Relationships and the Repatriation of Legacy Song Recordings in Australia

R Brown, S Treloyn

University of Melbourne Collections | University of Melbourne | Published : 2017

Abstract

In this article we focus on how repatriation is perceived, enacted and understood by custodians of living performance traditions in the north and north-west of Australia. We observe a relational turn in intercultural research collaborations around Aboriginal Australian song: one that enfolds our personal relationships with Indigenous collaborators, those of past researchers and singers, and past and present archivists and archives. In imagining a future in which recordings are recirculated among a new generation of performers and used to support the vitality of these Indigenous Australian song traditions, we suggest that, alongside technical considerations concerning new systems for archivin..

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