Aboriginal Dance and Music

 

Dancing is a large part of Aboriginal culture. They use it to express their feelings, to celebrate their hunt, or as an act of courting a wife. Both men and women participate in the dance. While we were in Australia we participated in several dances. We learned the Emu dance and a Courting dance.

 

Dancing with Ngala Koondarm Boodjah

This is a dance celebrating a successful hunt. These young boys are of Aboriginal descent, and are learning their ancestors culture and dance.

This little boy is the kangaroo that is being hunted.

A successful hunt.

Dancing at the Wardan Center

Before dancing, the area has to blessed and the spirits need to be welcomed. This is done by a simple dance with the fire. This is another dance celebrating a hunt. Here the dancers are portraying emus. This is the end of the dance from the previous frame, where the Aboriginal hunter is sacrificing the emu he has killed to the spirits.

 

We Really Liked to Dance Too!

This is a picture of another Emu dance. This dance depicts how a father emu sends his children off to be on their own. The father will pretend like he is dead until the little emus have given up and ran off. Then the father runs off in celebration.

This courting dance is done by the young men and women who are of age to look for a spouse. They both stand in a respective line facing one another. The men dance towards the women, attempting to get their attention. The women then dance back and focus on a man or several men they are interested in. The dance continues until a match or several matches are made.

Music

Music is a very important part of the dance. Music is made mainly with the Didgeridoo, along with clapping sticks and drums. Only men are aloud to play the Didgeridoo.

 

 

Sounds of the Didgeridoo

 

This is Clinton playing both the Didgeridoo and the drums.

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The boys attempted to play the Didgeridoos. It was much harder than they expected.

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