The Voice and Its Doubles: Media and Music in Northern Australia
A Body for the Voice
This chapter provides an ethnographic account of representational conflict between a missionary, church-supported radio network serving the specific interests of northeast Arnhem Land’s Yolngu people, and TEABBA, who sought to reach a more diverse Indigenous audience that would include Yolngu people. While the missionary radio service sought to address a linguistically distinct Yolngu audience, TEABBA sought to address a broader Aboriginal audience, broadcasting in a mix of local languages. The chapter describes a meeting between these two institutions and their indigenous supporters in northeast Arnhem Land, narrating the emergence of a debate between these organizations around who was best able...