In the obscure churches of remote Central Australia, a hidden 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages, German sacred poetry and baroque music is being preserved by four generations of song women known as the Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir. With their charismatic conductor, the 32-strong choir embark on an historic tour of Germany, to take back the hymns that were given to their great grandparents by the German Lutherans over a century ago, but in their own Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara languages and on their own terms. The Song Keepers explores this incredible musical legacy and the complex, unspoken duality of Central Desert identity that goes with it, through the personal stories of these extraordinary women who take us through their world and navigate a new one with incredible humour, strength and honesty.
At its heart, The Song Keepers is a celebration of hope that brings the unlikeliest of people together to achieve great things. A story of courage and dignity against the odds and the power of the human spirit and voice. Literally.
Come on a joyous journey as these remarkable women take their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and cross-cultural collaboration to the world.
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- English, Western arrarnta, Pitjantjatjara
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