Decorated men dancing at Barambah Aboriginal Settlement c1920

Both the Chief Protector and the Superintendent failed to understand the significance the Aboriginal people attached to the corroboree. Although the inmates learnt and enjoyed European-style dancing and songs, the activities that occurred within the corroboree ground was distinctively their own. They were blackfella dances and songs. A corroboree was where they could, without fear of recrimination, express their culture.


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