Singing Bones: Ancestral Creativity and Collaboration
Samuel Curkpatrick


Paperback (Trade paperback AUS/UK) | Jun 2020 | Sydney University Press | 9781743326770 | 220pp | 254x178mm | GEN | AUD$45.00, NZD$54.99

Manikay are the ancestral songs of Arnhem Land, passed down over generations and containing vital cultural knowledge.

Singing Bones foregrounds the voices of manikay singers from Ngukurr in southeastern Arnhem Land, and charts their critically acclaimed collaboration with jazz musicians from the Australian Art Orchestra, Crossing Roper Bar. It offers an overview of Wägilak manikay narratives and style, including their social, ceremonial and linguistic aspects, and explores the Crossing Roper Bar project as an example of creative intercultural collaboration and a continuation of the manikay tradition.