THE UNAMBAL
AN ABORIGINE TRIBE OF
NORTH WEST AUSTRALIA

The Unambal Aborigine Tribe of North West Australia

The Aborigine Corroboree

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The performance of a Corroboree is of enormous importance to the Aborigines. Corroboree is the name given by the Aborigines to dances that are performed by song leaders, with the assistants of a chorus using rhythm sticks. The dancers are painted and adorned with feathers and clumps of leafy twigs.
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Aborigine Dancers halt before chorus
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Kurangara Aborigine Dancers
There are many accounts of 200 dancers and 300 singers taking part in a Corroboree at one time. Dr. Lommel's book Unambal contains a full account of his attending a large Corroboree in 1938, and includes three songs one of which has 38 verses.

When moving about the Australian territory the Unambal Tribe travel by sea as far as possible. From south to north they first cross the Prince Regent River and then go to Harding Point, from where the journey by dugout canoe begins. The outgoing tide carries them to Lamarack Island, the incoming tide to Bigge. From there with the outgoing tide to Combe Hill and with the ebb tide to Prudoe Island. The incoming tide takes them to Tancred Island, and the next incoming tide to Cape Voltaire, where the Unambal territory comes to an end.

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