Our project documents the language and music of public songs and dances composed and performed by Murrinh-patha-speaking people, most of whom now live in the community of Wadeye (Northern Territory). The three main song genres are thanpa, wurlthirri and malkarrin.

1. To document historical recordings and contemporary performance of the three Murrinh-patha song genres at Wadeye
2. To consider the interrelationships (historical and contemporary) of these Murrinh-patha genres with other genres of public dance song at Wadeye and neighbouring areas.
3. To assess the musical and linguistic significance of these genres in the wider Australian and international context.
4. To develop appropriate models for conserving, documenting, discovering, accessing and using the recordings and other materials within the community and outside, as an exemplar for other cultural documentation projects.