FOCUS Page 30 Song teaching by repetition


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SONG TEACHING (Over 3 evenings)

Teaching of a song. Tierlul. We wend our way through the village to the Burra where there are about 13 men sitting, anticipating our arrival. They have mats ready for us and invite us to sit down. I ask permission to take pictures, mentioning that flash will result. They say it is all right. After setting up my equipment, the song leader stands and begins to sing. He sings with very little delay or stopping. As he continues to sing, others start to join him little by little. The process is slow and long and the singing at first is tentative but increases in authority as the evening wears on. Soon children and young women assemble. As the children come, we notice that they come out the strongest and quickest.