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1981 Australia Post Stamp Pack – Aboriginal Dance

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1981 Australia Stamp¬†Pack – Aboriginal Culture – “Music and Dance”

MNH set. Fantastic condition. This one is a hard pack to find.

Superb stamps and still in there Australia Post Office Pack!



Official Australia Post Stamp Pack – Themed¬†Aboriginal Culture – “Music and Dance”

A corroboree is an event where Australian Aborigines interact with the Dreamtime through dance, music and costume. “Their bodies painted in different ways, and they wore various adornments, which were not used every day.” The word corroboree was coined by the European settlers of Australia in imitation of an east coast local Aboriginal Australian word caribberie.

In the northwest of Australia, corroboree is a generic word to define theatrical practices as different from ceremony. Whether it be public or private, ceremony is for invited guests. There are other generic words to describe traditional public performances: juju and kobbakobba for example. In the Pilbara, corroborees are yanda or jalarra. Across the Kimberley the word junba is often used to refer to a range of traditional performances and ceremonies.

Corroboree and ceremony are strongly connected but different. In the 1930s Adolphus Elkin wrote of a public pan-Aboriginal dancing “tradition of individual gifts, skill, and ownership” as distinct from the customary practices of appropriate elders guiding initiation and other ritual practices. Corroborees are open performances in which everyone may participate taking into consideration that the songs and dances are highly structured requiring a great deal of knowledge and skill to perform.

Corroboree is a generic word to explain different genres of performance which in the northwest of Australia include balga, wangga, lirrga, junba, Bardi Ilma and many more. Throughout Australia the word corroboree embraces songs, dances, rallies and meetings of various kinds. In the past a corroboree has been inclusive of sporting events and other forms of skill display. It is an appropriated English word that has been reappropriated to explain a practice that is different from ceremony and more widely inclusive than theatre or opera.


Australia’s indigenous people have some of the most fascinating song and dance rituals of any people on earth. Aborigines have developed unique instruments and folk styles. The didgeridoo is commonly considered the national instrument of Australian Aborigines, and it is claimed to be the world’s oldest wind instrument. However, it was traditionally played by Arnhem Land people, such as the Yolngu, and then only by the men.It has possibly been used by the people of the Kakadu region for 1500 years. Clapping sticks are probably the more ubiquitous musical instrument, especially because they help maintain the rhythm for the song. More recently, Aboriginal musicians have branched into rock and roll, hip hop and reggae. One of the most well known modern bands is Yothu Yindi playing in a style which has been called Aboriginal Rock.

*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only

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