Bach, Aranda Way

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In honour of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir’s forthcoming concerts in Washington, and in honour of their recent film, The Song Keepers,  I re-publish this 2003 article about the premiere of Journey to Horseshoe Bend, which featured one of their predecessor organizations, the Ntaria Ladies Choir. (Please be advised that this article may contain […]

Should it be an opera? (or should a biography be a film?)

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Should it be an opera? (or should a biography be a film?) – transcript of a talk given to the Strehlow conference ‘Where do we go from here’?’ Sep 24, 2014 Should it be an opera? – dramatising the Strehlow story The details of T.G.H. Strehlow’s life provide immense opportunities for dramatically illuminating Aboriginal/European relations […]

Outside Strehlow house, 1996

Victory over death and despair in a bygone age. (Thoughts on John Strehlow’s The Tale of Frieda Keysser, Wild Cat Press, London 2011)

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I have always perceived a great significance in the Strehlow story. For me, till recently, it was the story of T.G.H. (Ted) Strehlow born at remote Hermannsburg Mission in the central Australian desert in 1908, growing up among young Aranda boys and girls speaking their language as a mother tongue; then going back to Central […]

Desert Cantata – The Spirit of Things

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More on Journey to Horseshoe Bend: Rachael Kohn: I was struck by how much you conveyed in such a short space of time, because it’s about an hour…. How did you select that from the story Journey to Horseshoe Bend, written by Ted Strehlow; what were you consciously looking for? from the ABC’s Spirit of […]