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Gaetano Lui Junior interviewed by Aggie Hankin in the Torres Strait songs project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4361885
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Lui, Gaetano, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2007 Sept. 11 
1 sound file (ca. 21 min.) 
Series

Torres Strait songs project.

Summary

Gaetano Lui Jr., born on Thursday Island and raised on Yam-Iawa Island speaks about his schooling; working on the railway; his political career; being founding Chairperson of Torres Strait Regional Authority (1994); negotiating the Torres Strait Treaty; speaking at the United Nations; currently being the priest for St John the Divine Parish Church of Torres Strait at Yam; his first recollection music and dance; traditional language; Torres Strait Creole; children's status in community; Mixie Lui; how dancers hand actions, explain meaning of songs; railway songs; when Islanders gather socially they sing; railway work on mainland bringing islanders together for first time, who were previously separated by sea; changes in the community use of music and dance; Maino Kelly.

Lui Jr. discusses how the community was close knit and everyone participated but now more difficult because of other activities; trying to encourage language use at St Johns Church but few elder speakers left; singing hymns in language; during negotiations for east coast fishing licensing, songs were used to establish connections to those areas e.g. such as Swain Reefs to the Great Barrier Reef; the Yam language program; the importance of the Torres Strait Regional Authority recording project; having language is important to understanding one's heritage; not having heritage to pass down; envying other islands where language was strong; taking along fluent language speakers to community meetings to explain; how young people should grasp opportunity to learn language.

Notes

Recorded on September 11, 2007 on Yam-I Island, Qld.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary available. 
Subjects Lui, Gaetano -- Interviews.  |  Priests -- Torres Strait -- Interviews.  |  Torres Strait Islanders -- Interviews.  |  Torres Strait Islanders -- Social life and customs.  |  Dance -- Queensland -- Torres Strait Islands.  |  Songs -- Queensland -- Torres Strait Islands.
Other authors/contributors Hankin, Aggie, 1968-, Interviewer

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