Jardiwanpa Yawulyu book launch

We were thrilled to launch our new book Jardiwanpa Yawulyu Warlpiri Women’s songs from Yuendumu last Friday 12 December 2014, at Yuendumu. This book is the culmination of many years of work by Jardiwanpa owners and managers, and anthropologist Georgia Curran.

The book presents 38 songs from the Jardiwanpa song line, which traverses Warlpiri country from south to north. It passes through three major dreamings, Yarripiri ‘Snake’, Yankirri “Emu’ and Ngurlu ‘Seed’. Owners from each of these ritual groups spoke at the launch, about the importance and value of the Jardiwanpa songs.

Linguist Mary Laughren, who lived and worked at Yuendumu for many decades, also contributed to the book. She spoke at the launch about her memories of women’s ceremonial performance, and remembered some of the dear women that she knew then. Mary spoke of the book as a gift, from the elders to the younger generation.

Thank you to everyone who supported the launch at Yuendumu, especially: PAW Media (who hosted the launch as part of the PAW Media end of year concert), WYDAC, Frank Baarda, Cecilia Alfonso, Mike Crowe, Alex Pantelic and Valerie Martin. Thankyou to everyone who attended and supported.

This publication is the second in our series of women’s traditional songs – see also Antarrengeny Awely: Alyawarr Women’s songs from Antarrengeny.

See this link for details on how to order Jardiwanpa Yawulyu.