Team in Alice Springs, October 2013

We’ve just completed a week of work on the Gun-nartpa stories book. The photo shows the team who came together in Alice Springs for this workshop – Crusoe Batara, Raymond Walanggay, Margaret Carew, Marion Waiguma and Patrick Muchana. The book now has its title – Gun-ngaypa Rrawa ‘My country’ and a cover design (thanks to… Read more »

Sound symbols in Gun-nartpa stories

This audio file is no longer available. Audio credit Harry Litchfield, Gun-nartpa language, ELDP recording archive reference: T15B-12_454561_469720 Transcribers and translators: Patrick Muchana, Crusoe Batara, Betty Warnduk, Beverley England, Marion Waiguma, Margaret Carew. The Gun-nartpa language team have been working pretty hard over the last couple of months. The focus of our work has been getting stories… Read more »

Gun-nartpa Stories workshop, Alice Springs March 2013

Raymond Walangay, Marion Waiguma and Patrick Muchana – thanks for coming to Alice Springs for the Gun-nartpa Stories project. Next step – Margaret will edit the work we did over the two weeks and we’ll have the next workshop at Maningrida in May.

March 2013, workshop session

In our workshop today we met with Christopher and Alex from isee-ilearn, and learned about making talking books with italk. The photo shows Patrick, Raymond and Marion recording a voiceover for one of the italk templates – The Money Story. http://www.isee-ilearn.com/

Transcribing with Inqscribe software

Gun-nartpa Stories workshop day 4 (Friday 14th march 2013) Gun-guna ngu-wukurrjinga ngu-nirra Patrick Muchana gunika janguny. Wola gunyinda Ji-japun gu-buna jin-bamuna rrapa gun-nelangga gu-barnjinga jin-bamuna baman minypa rrawa gun-guyinda gu-yurrapa gu-workiya Here I am writing Patrick Muchana’s story. In the dreamtime the ancestor being travelled along Gochan jiny-jirra  and named all the places. From a… Read more »

Country mapping with Google Earth

Gun-nartpa Stories workshop day 3 (Thursday 14 March 2013): Today we visited the Strehlow Centre in Alice Springs, and looked at Google Earth projected onto the wall – a good way to look at aerial photos of country. In the first photo, Patrick and Raymond are pointing out An-nguliny country, the big billabongs Birduk Mu-yerrnyjiya… Read more »

Barnda ‘long necked turtle’

This is a video we made during our Darwin workshop in August 2012. Beverley England catches one turtle and cooks it. She and Betty Warndug explain the internal parts of the turtle.

Patrick Muchana talking about a country map, March 2013

In our Gun-nartpa Stories workshop this week, we have been listening to stories about ancestral spirits for An-nguliny country surrounding Gochan Jiny-jirra. These stories are about the creator being Ji-japurn and the ancestral spirit Jin-gubardabiya ‘pandanus mat’. These spirits have connections to other beings in other places. Out of these discussions we decided to draw… Read more »

Gun-nartpa Stories workshop, Alice Springs March 2013

We are having a workshop for the Gun-nartpa Stories Project at the Desert People’s Centre in Alice Springs, between 12-22 March 2013. Patrick Muchana, Raymond Walanguy England and Marion Waiguma are at the workshop, and making a start on a book about An-nguliny people (gu-galiya yerrcha), clans (Bapurru), ancestors (awurr-guwelamagapa yerrcha), places (rrawa) and history… Read more »

Background to the Gun-nartpa Stories Project

In the period 1993-1996 Margaret Carew undertook both fieldwork and paid employment as a linguist in north-Central Arnhem land. During that time she recorded  Gun-nartpa (Burarra) language material from senior knowledge holders at Gochan Jiny-jirra and neighboring outstations, and in Maningrida. Since that time many of these people have passed away, and these recordings are… Read more »