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The Bora of the Pascoe River: Cape York Peninsula, Northeast Australia

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The Bora of the Pascoe River: Cape York Peninsula, Northeast Australia

The bora, or boys’ initiation ceremonies, of the Aboriginal peoples of Cape York Peninsula in Northeastern Australia were already under threat by outside influence when this recording was made by Wolfgang Laade in 1963 (it was released in 1975). He interviewed tribal elders in the sacred bora ground to document the myth of the crocodile hero―on which the bora is based―and to describe the ceremonies as they had been performed. Other elders recorded traditional bora songs. The experience is especially heightened by the sounds of work and life permeating throughout.

Track Listing

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The Saga of the Crocodile Hero Billy Daniels 9:05
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Song: Pascoe Bora Johnny Short 0:50
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The Saga of the Crocodile Hero Billy Daniels 1:55
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Song Warri Warri Billy Daniels 1:00
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Alligator Song Edward Kanora and male singers 1:22
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The Saga of the Crocodile Hero Billy Daniels 2:34
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Alligator Song Edward Kanora and male singers 1:02
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The Saga of the Crocodile Hero Billy Daniels 0:54
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Song Johnny Short 0:48
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The Saga of the Crocodile Hero Billy Daniels 0:51
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Song George Morton 0:32
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The Saga of the Crocodile Hero Billy Daniels 1:06
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Song Billy Daniels, Edward Kanora, and Hughie Temple 0:29
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The Saga of the Crocodile Hero Billy Daniels 2:29
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Song Billy Daniels, Edward Kanora, and Hughie Temple 0:33
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The Saga of the Crocodile Hero Billy Daniels 2:17
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Song by George Morton with Drum and Narration George Morton 2:08
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The Saga of the Crocodile Hero Billy Daniels 3:10
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Narration and Song Johnny Short 1:14
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The Saga of the Crocodile Hero Billy Daniels 3:48
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Narration and Song Billy Daniels, Edward Kanora, and George Morton 2:14
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Song Billy Daniels 0:32
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Narration and Song George Morton and Edward Kanora 0:47
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Narration and Song Billy Daniels 0:55
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The Saga of the Crocodile Hero Billy Daniels 1:53
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Song Billy Daniels, Edward Kanora, and Hughie Temple 0:55
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Narration and Song Edward Kanora and male singers 1:31
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Narration and Song Billy Daniels, Edward Kanora, and Hughie Temple 1:19
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The Saga of the Crocodile Hero Billy Daniels 2:10
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Dance Rehearsal Billy Edwards, George Morton and others 0:39
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