Saturday, May 10, 2014

Drawn from the Ground. Sand Stories from Central Australia 2014

Drawn from the Ground
Sound, Sign and Inscription in Central Australian Sand Stories
By Jennifer Green

This book is hot off the press; a unique and impressive contribution to the literature about Australian Aboriginal storytelling.

Sand stories from Central Australia are a traditional form of Aboriginal women's verbal art that incorporates speech, song, sign, gesture and drawing. Small leaves and other objects may be used to represent story characters.

Although this is an academic work, it is accessible and will be of great interest to many of you who are curious to learn more about Aboriginal storytelling. But more than that, this study of Arandic sand stories takes a multimodal approach to the analysis of the stories and shows how the expressive elements used in the stories are orchestrated together.

The author, Jennifer Green is a Research Fellow in the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. She has over 30 years' experience working on projects documenting indigenous languages, history and visual arts.

Drawn from the Ground is published by Cambridge University Press

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