Your donation to the AIATSIS Foundation will directly impact forever on the future of all Australians to engage with the first words and songs of this nation.
Madjulla Inc. partnered with the AIATSIS Foundation to record the Marlaloo songline that travels along the Martuwarra / Fitzroy River on Nyikina Country, West Kimberley, WA. The songline had not been performed for 40 years.
Bidngen wayikun bana maku wangkarrmaja: Lardil and Kayardild women singing on Mornington Island
The Bidngen Wayikun project was initiated by Lardil and Kayardild women to seek access to professional voice tutoring and linguistic support in reviving important women’s song traditions including birthing songs, lullabies, hunting songs and the Seven Sisters song cycle.
- First Nation Australian performance traditions are among the oldest in the world and are also among the most vulnerable to loss. Even more vulnerable than Australian languages.
- 98% of First Nations song traditions have been lost since colonisation.
Songlines criss-cross this continent carrying with them 1000s of years of cultural knowledge
Over the next 10 years, the AIATSIS Foundation is raising $2m to record the song traditions in 16 regions across Australia.
These funds will support:
- Recordings of song traditions and knowledge that have not previously been recorded and are at risk of loss
- Develop local skills opportunities in media and knowledge management
- Provide specialist research and technical support
- Employment opportunities on Country
Your donation to #SongsofAustralia, will ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities can record precious songlines for future generations and enable all Australians to share in the first sounds of this land.
Your donation will help us save languages and songs that are at the heart of our national story. All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.