Harvard-Adelaide Universities expedition, 1938-39

Archive Collections / Dr Norman Barnett Tindale / Series AA338/11 / Harvard-Adelaide Universities expedition, 1938-39
Supplementary to: 'Harvard and Adelaide Universities Anthropological Expedition, Australia, 1938-1939. Journal and notes by Norman B. Tindale', 2 vols, AA 338/1/15/1-2

This series contains restricted material.

This item consists of one wax cylinder recorded by Norman B Tindale during the Harvard and Adelaide Universities Anthropological expedition (1938-39). For details of this expedition, see Tindale's 'Harvard and Adelaide Universities Anthropological Expedition, Australia, 1938-1939. Journal and notes by Norman B. Tindale' (2 vols, AA 338/1/15/1-2).

It is not clear how many wax cylinders in total were recorded by Tindale during this expedition, although it is likely that the number was small. The surviving cylinder listed below was recorded at the Brewarrina Aboriginal Station (NSW) in July 1938 from George Dutton, a Wanjiwalku man. Tindale recorded a wealth of ethnological material from Dutton, including some songs. In his expedition journal Tindale noted that: 'of one of his songs I obtained a poor wax reproduction on our wretched Edison recorder, which gets worse every time we use it' (AA 338/1/15/1, p.177). Tindale noted that the song is of special interest as it contains information relating to the extent of the country of the singer. Elsewhere in his journal Tindale refers to the song as a 'boundary song'.

The song is entitled:
AA 338/11/13/

  • 'Dande:ira of the Small Diver Bird' (from SW Queensland)
    [Track 1.Tape No. 9579B; TT21; Cyl (HAR-AD); AS361]

The wax cylinder is accompanied by the following Tindale note: 'Dandeira or 'song' of the ŋandaŋara Tribe sung at initiation - it relates the boundaries of the country of an ancestral man (not a totem). The song belongs at Nokabara:ra on the Wilson River. Data in Tindale, N.B. p.177-179, 14 July 1938'. The last point is a reference to Tindale's field journal AA 338/1/15/1. This is the only song recorded to CD: AA 338/11/13.

Other song texts found it Tindale's Harvard-Adelaide Universities expedition journals include:
  • Nge:mba Crow Song (p. 178)
    [No audio nor transcription. AS360]

  • Kitabal songs relating to the story 'The Old Woman and her Grandson' (p. 289)
    [No audio nor transcription]

  • Ba:baram initiation song (p. 397)
    [No audio nor transcription]

  • Taua songs recorded at Lake Wallaga, NSW (pp. 774-775)
    [No audio nor transcription. AS362-3633]

  • Wallaby song recorded at Cape Barren Island, TAS (inserted at p.786)
    [No audio nor transcription]

  • Antakerinja Malu (Kangaroo) songs recorded at Port Augusta, SA (p. 1027)
    [No audio nor transcription. AS364-365]

  • Wati Kutjara songs recorded at Mount Margaret Mission, WA (p. 1123)
    [No audio nor transcription. AS366-367]

Tindale Tribes: Wanjiwalku; Ngemba; Kitabal; Barbaram; Mandjindja; Antakirinja; Thaua.

CreatorDr Norman Barnett Tindale
ControlAA 338/11/13/Track 1
Date Range1938  -  1938
Quantity   1   wax cylinder, 1 access CD
Series AA338/11