Shortlist year: 
2021
Shortlist category: 
Australian history
Published by: 
Bloomsbury Publishing

About the book

Representing Australian Aboriginal Music and Dance 1930–1970 by Amanda Harris.

'Representing Australian Aboriginal Music and Dance 1930–1970' offers a rethinking of recent Australian music history. Amanda Harris presents accounts of Aboriginal music and dance by Aboriginal performers on public stages. Harris also historicises the practices of non-Indigenous art music composers evoking Aboriginal music in their works, placing this in the context of emerging cultural institutions and policy frameworks. Centralising auditory worlds and audio-visual evidence, Harris shows the direct relationship between the limits on Aboriginal people's mobility and non-Indigenous representations of Aboriginal culture.

This book listens to Aboriginal accounts of disruption and continuation of Aboriginal cultural practices and features contributions from Aboriginal scholars Shannon Foster, Tiriki Onus and Nardi Simpson as personal interpretations of their family and community histories. Contextualising recent music and dance practices in broader histories of policy, settler colonial structures, and post-colonising efforts, the book offers a new lens on the development of Australian musical cultures.