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The Song Keepers Poster

The Song Keepers

When Lutheran missionaries arrived in Central Australia in the 19th century with the goal of converting and assimilating the local Aboriginal people to western values and faith systems, they taught their new wards the church’s sacred hymns. What resulted was a movement of choral singing throughout the region. When the missionaries eventually departed, a commitment to the communal choirs persisted, and the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir is part of that legacy