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Chapter 4: Oceania

Chapter 4 introduces the music and associated cultural activities from Oceania.  Oceania is divided into four main areas: Australia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia.  Each musical site represents one of these areas, introducing a type of music from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, and the islands of Kiribati.  The Explore More feature boxes introduce the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and Ukulele popular music style, as well as the prominent slit gongs and singsing festivals found in Papua New Guinea.

Key Terms

  • Aborigines
  • Bino
  • Circular breathing
  • Didjeridu
  • Dreamtime
  • Garamut
  • Hawaiian Steel Guitar
  • Hula Pahu
  • Kahuna
  • Kapu
  • Kilu
  • Kundu
  • Mana
  • Maneaba
  • Melanesia
  • Mele hula
  • Mele
  • Micronesia
  • Pahu
  • Polynesia
  • Ukelele
  • Coroboree
  • Portamento
  • Singsings
  • Susap
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