Australian Research Council - Discovery Indigenous

New ways for old ceremonies: an archival research project (IN150100013)


This research aims to develop and implement suitable Indigenous frameworks for preservation, interpretation and dissemination of recordings of ceremonial performances in the Wagait-Daly region of the Northern Territory Australia. The focus is a body of recordings by early anthropologist and missionaries of the final mortuary ceremonies performed, that can be preserved. The ceremonial performance is a key process for integrating Indigenous knowledge from many different, domains, a socially powerful site of exchange, transmission and transformation of relationship to country, kin and identity, The aim is to extend the power of ceremony to benefit future generations of Indigenous people's identity and Australia's shared history.



$99,537 over 3 years (2015 - 2017)

Chief Investigator

Dr Linda Ford 

Administering Organisation

Charles Darwin University 

Fields of Research

169902 - Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society; 190409 - Musicology and Ethnomusicology; 200406 - Language in Time and Space (incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology)

Socio-Economic Objective

950302 - Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage; 959999 - Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified; 950503 - Understanding Australia's Past



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