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‘“We are Lutherans from Germany”: music, language, social history and change in Hopevale’

Swijghuisen Reigersberg, Muriel Elsbeth. 2012. ‘“We are Lutherans from Germany”: music, language, social history and change in Hopevale’. Aboriginal History, 36, pp. 99-117. ISSN 0314-8769 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

In this article I will firstly examine what was known of local non-Christian musical practices prior to missionisation to contextualise the reasons why Hopevalians have chosen to adopt the Lutheran hymn tradition so thoroughly in comparison to other Indigenous missions. After examining what was known of local non-Christian musical practices prior to missionisation, I will show how Aboriginal Lutherans in the community of Hopevale have historically constructed, performed and negotiated their Indigenous identities through Lutheran hymnody and how this is gradually changing due to global influences from the music industry, changes in linguistic practices and a slow move towards the Indigenisation of musical practices.

Item Type:

Article

Additional Information:

The author is a visiting fellow in the Music, Mind and Brain centre Psychology and research development officer in the Research Office, Goldsmiths'.

Keywords:

Aboriginal; Australia; History; Christianity; missionisation; post-colonial; Hopevale; Northern; Queensland; oral; hymnody; spirituality; wellbeing; Country; Schwarz; Muni; Lutheran; Guugu Yimithirr; anthropology

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2012Published

Item ID:

10532

Date Deposited:

31 Jul 2014 07:37

Last Modified:

10 Jul 2018 18:31

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/10532

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