One mob dreaming: Cultivating a working model for song-sharing between Koori and non-Koori children in the Bega Valley, New South Wales
Musical collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia: Exchanges in the third space
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications
The “pacifying power of song”1 has been well remarked as a medium for temporarily ameliorating colonial disruptions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s lives. Inge Clendinnen and Philip Jones detailed instances of how, following contact, Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous invaders performed music and dance for—and with— each other, in their attempts to establish dialogues. The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation interpreted contemporary attempts on the part of Indigenous Australians to engage non-Indigenous Australians in dialogue as an implicit appeal for shared identity. Grounded primarily on theory proposed by Bhabha,6 this case study traces the co-mobilisation of Koori7 and non-Koori children in passage through a “third space” that articulates them into a collective choral body.