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Taba Naba

Summary

Watch and learn a traditional island song.  This activity will teach children a very common Torres Strait Islander sit down dance called ‘Taba Naba’. This dance is from the Eastern Islands in the Torres Strait and is sung in Meriam Mir language. The dance is about going down to the reef.

Rationale

The Torres Strait culture is traditionally an 'oral culture' which is passed down the generations through songs and dance. This activity is a hands on fun activity that engages children with Torres Strait Island culture through the use of language, song and dance.   

Key concepts

Singing, dancing, exploring languages.

Key language

Music, performance, language and actions.

Materials

Kulups (Shakers)
Song lyrics
Instruction video of dance moves.

Activity steps

Step 1:  Lyrics

Taba naba | naba norem, (DMaj | Gmaj)
Come let us go to the reef

Tugei pe neiser mi | dinghy ge nabatre (Amaj | Dmaj)
While morning low tide, let us go in the dinghy

Mi ko kei |serer em nebewem (Dmaj | Gmaj)
Let us wade to the edge of the reef

Taba naba  | norem (Amaj | Dmaj)
Come let us go to the reef
        
 (Dmaj (1 bar break between verses)

Style S. T. Y. L. E

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Step 2:  Dance actions

Taba naba naba norem
Move hands horizontally: one towards you the other away from body, palms brushing as they pass

Tugei pe neiser mi, dinghy ge nabatre
Right hand to floor at left, then to left shoulder, left hand to floor at right, then to right shoulder

Mi ko kei serer em nebewem
Right hand to floor at left, then to left shoulder, left hand to floor at right, then to right shoulder

Taba naba naba norem
Both hands up high, then on shoulders

Style  S. T. Y. L. E
Hands on waist and sway
   
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Step 3: Performance

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Last updated: 23rd September 2011

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