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? How have other nations dealt with the process of maintaining their Indigenous culture through music? And furthermore, why should non-Indigenous Australians be concerned with the possible loss of Indigenous cultural traditions – how much can it help us with cross-cultural understanding?
These are just some of the questions we posed to postdoctoral music researcher from the University of Newcastle, Catherine Grant, author of the soon-to-be-released book, Music Endangerment: How Language Maintenance Can Help.