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Salu Sebasio interviewed by Aggie Hankin in the Torres Strait songs project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4362684
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Sebasio, Salu, 1933-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2007 Sept. 11 
1 sound file (ca. 31 min.) 
Series

Torres Strait songs project.

Summary

Mrs. Salu Sebasio speaks about her marriages and children; being active in community as teacher and a nursing aide; returning to the community when she had a child; the strict culture, obeying the elders; misbehaving men being put off the island; being proud to be from a good family background; respecting elders an important part of life in Torres Strait; being proud of her culture; family sitting together every Sunday to sing language hymns; studying island music and dance from the age of 10; Maza Samuel: composing songs about stars, moon, sea, wind and the local environment; asking about the songs, learnt verbally, oral transmission; WWII songs; singing the island songs; men being the composers of songs; actions to songs; marriage, tombstone opening, birthdays etc. celebrations; how dances and language have stayed quite similar to old days; influences on the younger people; taking pride in being Indigenous; how there are few elders left in community; the diminishing culture but accepting of change; the importance of this project because it helps to preserve culture; the islanders culture of giving and sharing; the recording of language hymns, Aggie Hankin and Jillian Thaiday's involvement; performs solo song about wind [koki] that circles around Yam island.

Notes

The term 'language' refers to the traditional Torres Strait language Kala Lagaw Ya of the Western and Central Islands and its various dialects.

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

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Interview conducted in English and Torres Strait creole.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary available. 
Subjects Sebasio, Salu, 1933- -- Interviews.  |  Songs, Torres Strait Islanders.  |  Torres Strait Islanders -- Languages.  |  Torres Strait -- Social life and customs.
Other authors/contributors Hankin, Aggie, 1968-, Interviewer

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