The Voice and Its Doubles: Media and Music in Northern Australia
Speaking For or Selling Out?: Dilemmas of Aboriginal Cultural Brokerage
This chapter focuses on the work of the Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association (TEABBA). This organization manages a remote satellite network of thirty Indigenous broadcasting facilities across five distinct language groups in the Northern Territory. The chapter analyzes a distinct moment in the organization’s history when its producers were asked to refigure their remote Aboriginal constituents as a market under state-driven demands that Indigenous media embrace commercial modes of production. The tensions such demands entail are apparent in two opposing rituals of recognition—one a widespread ceremony that draws the teabba into kinship and ritual relations in remote Australia, and...