Ethnographic wax cylinders

Song from Yam Island

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:02:15

  • Shelf mark

    C80/1092

  • Recording date

    1898

  • Recording locations

    Australia

  • Recordist

    Haddon, A.C. and Myers, C.S.

  • Description

    Torres Strait D49 ('76 T.S.'). 1. "[indec], sung by [indec]." 2. Unaccompanied male vocal solo. On box; 'Waino's kamul' crossed out. AM-cf. Myers' 'Yam I'. The Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres Strait in 1898 was led by Professor A.C. Haddon. The other members of the team were Charles Seligman (originally trained in medicine) C.S. Myers (psychologist and musician), W.H.R. Rivers (who also originally trained in medicine), W.M. Dougall, A. Wilkin and Sidney Ray. This was the first British expedition to use the phonograph for research purposes, although J. Walter Fewkes was using the equipment in the United States as early as 1890 to record Passamaquoddy Indians. Although the expedition was groundbreaking, the sound quality of the collection is not as good as others in the Ethnographic Wax Cylinder Collection, most likely because of the lack of experience in sound recording amongst the team.

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Song from Yam Island

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