Baker Boy and beyond: the Aboriginal ‘Cultural Renaissance’ of the 1980s and Australia’s view of Indigenous music

The 1988 Bicentennial was an opportunity for white Australians to celebrate the arrival of the ‘Tall Ships’. Indigenous Australians used the event to fight for a creative space within the Australian arts scene, and to showcase a vibrant Indigenous cultural identity among the Bicentennial hype. Performance of Indigenous music became a political act.