Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Budal Lardil. Songs Of Mornington Island

Budal (songs) of the Lardil people of Mornington Island. Recorded at Slim's Creek just outside of Gununa, the main settlement at Mornington Island in 1988.
"Mornington Island is the largest in the Wellesley groups of islands situated in the South-East corner of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland. Legend takes the history of the Lardil people who are the traditional land owners at Mornington Island before the last ice age, some 10,000 years ago, when the islands were still part of mainland Australia. The current population numbers close to 1,000. Much of Lardil culture is sacred, the songs on this disc are public to share with people of other cultures. All these songs have been directly received through dreams. They thus have an owner whose rights are passed on through the family line. They have a significant relationship to various other people through totem and Dreaming association and links to particular Story-places both at Mornington Island and further across the Australian continent. The dreaming is a direct link from the story-place on Mornington Island at the present time. The singing of these songs is the spiritual-cultural link between these People and the Land. It brings the Past and the Present together." Another amazing album. Liner notes included.

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