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Classical Song Traditions of Contemporary Western Arnhem Land in Their Multilingual Context
Contributor:Bickerdike Isabel, O'Keeffe
Namarruda Johnny, Blackbook
Contributor (singer):Namayiwa Johnny
Madjilgadj Tommy
Description:Three Milyarryarr songs (spirit language) performed by Johnny Namayiwa and Johnny Namarruda (didjeridu) at a menarche ceremony for a girl (Janet) at Warruwi. The songs were performed as Janet was brought out of the shade painted and decorated. Many other young girls were also painted up for the ceremony and many other women (including Janet's mother and mother's sisters) were also present. Isabel O'Keeffe (née Bickerdike) has photographs of the occasion, but needs to consult with the girl, her family and other community members before they are archived.
The classical song traditions of Western Arnhem Land are amongst the foremost examples of verbal art in the nine endangered languages of the region, but few people are now competent to perform or comment on them. Typically performed in multi-lingual social contexts, song texts demonstrate unusual linguistic features such as mixtures of languages and a high proportion of esoteric and intimate vocabulary. We will collect, transcribe, translate and analyse song texts and discussions about songs by contemporary performers, and where relevant repatriate and document archival recordings, making our research results available to communities via a network of local digital repositories.
Isabel Bickerdike is a postgraduate student at the University of Melbourne, supervised by Linda Barwick and Nick Evans. She was aged 25 in 2006 and was resident at Warruwi from May-November 2006. She is Ngal-bangardi skin, Wurrik clan (Kun-winjku tribe?, given by Mary Gurden-gurden, this is her mother\'s clan).
Johnny Namarruda (nicknamed /'Blackbook/') was the preferred didjeridu player for Solomon Ganawa's Mirrijpu songs. He was resident at Warruwi. He died in late 2006.
Johnny Namayiwa is a senior traditional owner of South Goulburn Island. He is an owner and singer of Milyarryarr songs. He also composes and sings contemporary songs in both English and Mawng (some of these songs are featured on the 'Best of Warruwi 2003' CD)
Tommy Madjilgadj is a Mawng man who sings Milyarryarr songs. He is the brother of didjeridu player Johnny 'Blackbook' Namaruda.
Rausing MDP0139
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1052355%23
Publisher:Linda Barwick
University of Sydney
Milyarryarr MR
Undetermined language
Subject (ISO639):und


Archive:  Endangered Languages Archive
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OaiIdentifier:  oai:soas.ac.uk:MPI1052355
DateStamp:  2017-04-15
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Citation: Bickerdike Isabel, O'Keeffe; Bickerdike Isabel, O'Keeffe; Namarruda Johnny, Blackbook; Namayiwa Johnny (singer); Madjilgadj Tommy (singer). 2006-10-04. Linda Barwick.
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