Singing The Coast

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These days most Australians live on the relatively narrow coastal band that wraps around our island continent. Aboriginal people believe that a place comes into being each time it is sung. Through this process places are learned about and cared for naturally.

The songs can be for all of us, even in places where Aboriginal stories are rapidly being overlaid with the grid pattern of modern roads and towns. In this wonderful book Tony Perkins and Margaret Somerville explore one aboriginal coastal group's experiences in maintaining and telling the stories and the songs of their home country.

Perkins' Gumbaynggirr homeland is located on mid-north coast New South Wales. These stories and songs are unique in their own way and yet they are also universal in their sense and meaning of knowledge, understanding and the wonderful openness to sharing.

In "Singing the Coast", Tony Perkins and Margaret Somerville invite us into their world to share their decade-long conversations. By taking up the metaphor of singing to capture the quality of voice, Perkins and Somerville are inspirational in showing us all how to share the land and its stories throughout Australia.

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