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 »

Burarra and Gun-nartpa Dictionary

Link: Burarra and Gun-nartpa Dictionary Here is a link to the online version of the Burarra and Gun-nartpa Dictionary that was published by AuSIL in 1994. Kathy Glasgow compiled the dictionary, after decades of working as a linguist and bible translator in Maningrida. From the AuSIL site, you can also download tablet and iOS versions… Read more »

Language Profile – Burarra and Gun-nartpa

Language Profile – Burarra and Gun-nartpa There are approximately 200 members of the Gun-nartpa dialect group, who primarily live at the outstations Gochan Jiny-jirra and Ji-balbal, in the settlement of Maningrida, at Gun-barlanya and in Darwin. Gun-nartpa is the ‘freshwater’ dialect of Burarra: the other dialects are spoken around the mouth of the Blyth River… Read more »

Gun-nartpa Stories Community Language Team

There are a number of people involved in the Gun-nartpa stories project. Firstly we acknowledge the contribution of Gun-nartpa elders now deceased, who back in the 1990s spoke and sang on tape about their art, lifestyle, history and environment, for the purpose of recording this for their families. These people are: England Banggala, Harry Litchfield,… Read more »

Kicking off the Gun-nartpa Stories Project

This is a language documentation project that supports a team of Gun-nartpa and Burarra people to publish stories and other language resources based on old recordings. The team will create an audio book of Gun-nartpa stories, songs and artworks from elders at Gochan Jiny-jirra community, north-central Arnhem Land. The book draws mainly from audio recordings… Read more »