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Rosita Henry currently serves as the head of the Department of Anthropology, Archaeology, and Sociology at James Cook University (JCU), Australia. She holds BA (Hons) and MA degrees in anthropology from Australian National University and a PhD from JCU, where she also studied law for two years. Her Sri Lankan and German parentage and six years in Papua New Guinea as a child fostered a deep interest in how people can begin to understand beliefs and cultural practices that are different from their own. Her ethnographic research concerns relationships between people, places, and the nation-state in Australia and the Pacific as expressed through heritage and the politics of cultural festivals and other public performances. She is author of the book Performing Place, Practicing Memory: Indigenous Australians, Hippies and the State (Berghahn Books, 2012) and coeditor of the book The Challenge of Indigenous Peoples: Spectacle or Politics? (Bardwell Press, 2011).

Mathew Dembal Martin is a senior Wilinggin (Ngarinyin) and Wunambal elder and ceremonial leader from the Kimberley region of Northwest Australia. A member of the Bororru-ngarri clan, he is an expert singer, dancer and teacher of Junba, carrying song repertories for communities across much of the Kimberley, following the preeminent composer and singer Scotty Nyalgodi Martin and his mother, Maisie Jodba. Mr. Martin is a cultural mentor at the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre, has served on the board of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, and is the key consultant and advisor on the research project “Strategies for Sustaining and Preserving Aboriginal Song and Dance in the Modern World” funded by the Australian Research Council.

Sally Treloyn received her PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Sydney in 2007. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne and an honorary associate of the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) at the University of Sydney. She is chief investigator on two major research projects funded by the Australian Research Council in partnership with major Aboriginal representative organizations for arts, law, culture, and language in the Kimberley region.

Drid Williams has conducted fieldwork in England, the United States, Australia, and Kenya. She has taught anthropology of the dance and human movement studies in all four countries. Dr. Williams holds a DPhil in social anthropology from St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. Recent articles include “Visual Anthropology and Language” (Visual Anthropology [2009]) and the entry “Dance” in The New Encyclopedia of Africa (eds. J. Middleton and J. C. Calder, 2007). Her most recent book is Teaching Dancing with Ideokinetic Principles (University of Illinois Press, 2011). She is the founder and senior editor of JASHM.



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