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Betty Foster and Mary Bowie interviewed by Karl Neuenfeldt and Lyn Costigan in the Torres Strait hula dancing oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 3661875
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Foster, Betty
 
Access Conditions Access to be determined. 
Description 2005 
1 digital audio tape (ca. 65 min.) 
Series

Torres Strait hula dancing oral history project.

Summary

Betty Foster and Mary Bowie born on Thursday Island (T.I.) both talk about their family backgrounds; learning to do the hula; the house parties during the war, performing at the social club, floor shows; entertaining the Australian troops; Tom Savage; Pitt family; the instruments played; hula dancing being the main entertainment for troops; going to the Regal Hall in Cairns for social nights; hula and jitterbug contests; back in Torres Straits, having floor shows in the Town Hall; Basketball teams; entertaining themselves back in Torres Strait (T.S.); dancing at parties and weddings etc.; Florence Kennedy; costumes; dancing to Hawaiian music and Seaman Dan's songs, the early dance group of about 12-14; Betty trying to teach hula to her grandchildren; Mary being asked to teach school children old time dancing; doing hula at home and at family parties; their being involved in concerts together; how at the end of war they anxious to go back to T.S.; parties in TS after the war; marriage; hula helped get people back together in TS after war; Mary doing hula at parties in Bunda Street; how both of them have to get up and dance when they hear the music; before the war being isolated on Horn Island unlike T.I., more dancing on T.I.; hula a beautiful dance, good exercise; hand movements tell a story; House Party Hula in Cairns November 2005.

Notes

Recorded on November 26, 2005 at Horn Island, Qld.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) 
Subjects Foster, Betty. -- Interviews.  |  Bowie, Mary, 1930- -- Interviews.  |  Hula (Dance) -- Queensland -- Torres Strait Islands.  |  Torres Strait Islands (Qld.) -- Social life and customs.
Other authors/contributors Bowie, Mary, 1930-, Interviewee  |  Neuenfeldt, Karl William, 1947-, Interviewer  |  Costigan, Lyn, Interviewer

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