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Dear MSA members,
Last Friday Aboriginal teacher and music & language researcher Alison Nangala Ross B.Ed passed away tragically in her classroom at Neutral Junction School, NT. Alison was one of the first solo Indigenous people to present at an MSA conference back in 2001, in Melbourne, on Kaytetye songs. Together with Myfany Turpin, she published two works on traditional Aboriginal songs: Awelye Akwelye, Kaytetye women’s songs from Arnerre, NT and Antarrengeny awely: Alyawarr women’s songs from Antarrengeny . She has been collaborating with Music Outback for 15 years writing and teachings songs in Kaytetye language at Neutral Junction School.
Kwementyaye leaves seven school aged children behind; four at boarding school in Mt St Bernhard College QLD.In this current difficult situation, there are no community funerals and no people outside the community are allowed to visit, so there is no chance for people to grieve together.
Professor Myfany Turpin, linguist Margaret Carew and myself have put together this fundraiser to support the children and to send hope to the family and community. Please consider contributing if you can, and share the link widely:
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