Tasmanian Aboriginal Culture: music and dance

Singing and dance remain important cultural practices for today´s Tasmanian Aboriginal community. They are practiced both for ceremony, including the opening of the Ningenneh Tunapry exhibition at TMAG, and for cultural festivals such as Putalina at Oyster cove each year. Such practices have strong connections to the past heritage of the Aboriginal people but also celebrate the new styles and emerging talents of contemporary artists.

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Furneaux Islands Music

"The Island music is unique and individual. It is recognised by musicologists and academics as being a product of the culture and influences peculiar to the Islands.
The fact that the National Library recorded and have an ongoing interest in the music is a measure of its uniqueness".

Rob Willis
National Library of Australia
Oral History and Folklore Collections