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ERIC Number: EJ952010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9484
Kapua Gutchen: Educator, Mentor and Innovator of Torres Strait Islander Music, Dance and Language at Erub (Darnley Island), Torres Strait
Costigan, Lyn; Neuenfeldt, Karl
Australian Journal of Music Education, n2 p3-10 2011
The contributions of local community members to Indigenous education can be an important component in curriculum programs. This article explores the contributions of one such dedicated and talented Torres Strait Islander community member: Meuram tribal elder Kapua Gutchen. He teaches at the Erub (Darnley Island) Campus of Tagai College in the eastern Torres Strait region of far northern Queensland. Focusing on the areas of music, dance and language, he is making a major contribution toward innovating, encouraging and sustaining cultural practices via both formal and informal educational activities. This article examines specifically his contributions to "Erub Era Kodo Mer: Traditional and contemporary music and dance from Erub (Darnley Island) Torres Strait," a community CD/DVD funded by the Torres Strait Regional Authority in 2010. Kapua Gutchen's creation of new songs and dances for the CD/DVD was a conscious effort on his part to pass on knowledge of cultural practices to a younger generation that may not have the same opportunities he did to learn them. (Contains 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia