The Junba Project - Reviving Endangered Indigenous Song And Dance Traditions
Current research by Dr Sally Treloyn, highlighted at at the recent Congress Lowitja conference on Culture, Identity and Health, focuses on reviving endangered songs and dances that are indigenous to much of the Kimberley area, which holds some of Australia’s oldest and richest performance traditions.
The big focus is on the endangered Junba (corroboree), which University of Melbourne ethnomusicologist Sally Treloyn says is “one of the world’s most precious dance–song traditions” and brings people together with country and family, past, present and future. The Junba project has been taking up to five generations of local families off to Junba camps, to bring alive indigenous song and dance traditions away from distractions. Digital technology is also helping, with children making their own mini Junba documentaries and transcribing Junba texts and elders using repatriated audio and video recordings of past performances to pass on stories.