I’ve just read a great review of a book by John Bradley called ‘Singing Saltwater Country: Journey to the songlines of Carpentaria (Allen & Unwin). It’s a wonderful piece of personal and anthropological writing in collaboration with Yanwuya families. And tells of the changing life of traditions which helped sing the land, that has that pulse of land be alive in themselves as well as the land. Alas, of course, much of this is now threatened by change.
I long for a time where there is more ebb and flow between cultures and people and that different, healing songs may again be heard.
At the same time, we’re witnessing more and more interest in the local, the regional, the national in the face of globalisation.