In this TED Talk from 2014:
Vincent Moon travels the world with a backpack and a camera, filming astonishing music and ritual the world rarely sees — from a powerful Sufi ritual in Chechnya to an ayahuasca journey in Peru. He hopes his films can help people see their own cultures in a new way, to make young people say: “Whoa, my grandfather is as cool as Beyoncé.” Followed by a mesmerizing performance by jazz icon Naná Vasconcelos.
Catherine Grant, 12 August 2014
Earlier this year the number of views of South Korean mega-star Psy’s Gangnam Style YouTube video exceeded two billion. That’s more than a quarter of the people on the planet who have watched the video. It also adds up to a collective 16,000 years spent watching (assuming everyone sat out the four-and-a-bit minutes, which is a big assumption).
A podcast from “Big Ideas” on ABC Radio National, released 8 July 2014.
How does globalisation and new technology affect our sense of belonging and place?
Click through to listen: Globalisation and cultural identity
A National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Wade Davis has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” Davis speaks from his experience as an anthropologist and ethnobotanist on the future of the world’s cultures.
With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world’s indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate.
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, it’s not just plants and animals that are becoming extinct at alarming rates. The world’s languages and cultures are disappearing too, and the pace is even worse: 11% of birds and 18% of mammals are predicted to die out by the end
How important is the maintenance of Indigenous culture through music?
We are at risk of losing crucial parts of Indigenous music culture over the next couple of generations. Music and performance is closely linked with other forms of cultural expression, but why are these cultural traditions so important to keep alive?
Too often the history and traditions of Indigenous Australians are allowed to disappear from living memory.
Around 98% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music traditions have already been lost and there are concerns that the remaining traditions could be lost in a generation or two.
After a successful feature article on The Conversation, University of Newcastle researcher Dr Catherine Grant is heading to Cambodia to research three endangered Khmer musical traditions.