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Classical Song Traditions of Contemporary Western Arnhem Land in Their Multilingual Context
Contributor:Barwick Linda
Contributor (recorder):Bickerdike Isabel, O'Keeffe
Contributor (singer):Manmurulu David, Winunguj
Manmurulu Rupert
Lamilami Peter
Naluraidj Albert
Abraham Gunmalarr
Daniel Djabul
Description:Thirty-two Inyjalarrku (mermaid) dreaming song items, performed by David Manmurulu (lead singer), Rupert Manmurulu (singer, occasional didjeridu), Peter Lamilami (singer), Albert Naluraidj (singer, occasional didjeridu player), Abraham Gunmalarr (singer), Daniel Djabul (singer). Recorded by Linda Barwick and Isabel Bickerdike at Warruwi, 10 September 2006. For further details see 200609 10IL.imdi.
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.
David Manmurulu (also known as David \"Goodness\" Manmurulu Winunguj) is aged circa 60 and resident at Warruwi in 2006. He is the current leader of the inyjalarrku songs. His skin is Na-wamut and he is Yalama clan and Ngutikin tribe. His father (d. 1990s) was George Winunguj who features in the book Encounter at Nagalarramba. David sings Inyjalarrku songs originally composed by his father and also his own, as well as knowing those originally composed by Winunguj\'s MB G(w)uwatpu(t) number 1, who was the leader of the Meinjinaj people (Kun-barlang tribe). He is married to Jenny Manmurulu who is one of the leaders of women\'s inyjalarrku dancing. He is encouraging his son Rupert, who sometimes plays the yumparrparr (giant)role in the nginji dance, to learn the songs and play didjeridu (arawirr). His other sons Reuben and Ranfred(?sp) also sing and dance.
Rupert Manmurulu is the son of David and Jenny Manmurulu and was aged circa 25 and resident at Warruwi in 2006. He is married to a woman from Elliott and sometimes resides there. His skin is Na-wuyuk and his clan is Yalama, Ngutikin tribe. He sings Inyjalarrku and Nginji songs, and dances the yumparrparr (giant) dance, and also plays didjeridu for those song-sets. He also plays guitar and sings with a band from the Barkly area.
Peter Lamilami is the brother of Ronald Lamilami and was resident at Warruwi and aged circa 60 in 2006. He is Na-wamut skin, Yalama clan, Ngutikin tribe. He sings Inyjalarrku songs.
Albert Naluraidj (spelling as on LB consent form; Isabel Bickerdike has his surname as \'Nadarraj\') was resident at Warruwi and aged about 60 in 2006. He is the main didjeridu (arawirr) player and occasional singer for the inyjalarrku song-set, and also plays didjeridu for the nginji and ngili song-sets. His skin is Na-wangari and he is Manjdjurlngunj clan and Meyinjdjinadj tribe (Kun-barlang speakers). According to David Manmurulu 3/4/2007 Manjdjurlngunj clan can speak Kun-winjku, Mawng or Kun-barlang. His father was Gwatput number 1, the original composer of the inyjalarrku song-set.
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).
Linda Barwick is the principal investigator on the Western Arnhem Land Song Project. She is a musicologist employed by the University of Sydney and was aged 51 in 2006. She is Ngal-wagadj skin, Djalama clan (bestowed by Mary Gurden-gurden 2006) (same clan as her sister Mary Murndanjmarri).
Rausing MDP0139
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1052564%23
Publisher:Linda Barwick
University of Sydney
Kun-nalk KN
Undetermined language
Subject (ISO639):und


Archive:  Endangered Languages Archive
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DateStamp:  2017-04-15
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Citation: Manmurulu David, Winunguj (singer); Manmurulu Rupert (singer); Lamilami Peter (singer); Naluraidj Albert (singer); Abraham Gunmalarr (singer); Daniel Djabul (singer); Bickerdike Isabel, O'Keeffe (recorder); Barwick Linda. 2006-09-10. Linda Barwick.
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