Great Dividing Range: A song of the women of the Menero tribe near the Australian Alps, 1834
Music is an important way of exchanging cultural knowledge and learning language. While travelling through the Monaro Region in the 1830s, the European explorer John Lhotsky wrote in his journal that he had ‘notated a song which he heard at a corroboree’. The result was ‘The Song of the Women of the Menero Tribe’, which was favourably reviewed by colonial newspapers when it was published in 1834. Later comparisons have shown that this musical score bears little similarity with Aboriginal musical traditions.
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