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Classical Song Traditions of Contemporary Western Arnhem Land in Their Multilingual Context
Contributor:O'Keeffe Matthew
Manmurulu Jenny
Contributor (interviewer):Bickerdike Isabel, O'Keeffe
Contributor (recorder):Bickerdike Isabel, O'Keeffe
Contributor (singer):Manmurulu David, Winunguj
Manmurulu Rupert
Lamilami Peter
Description:Recording of Inyjalarrku songs which were passed on to David Manmarulu from his father. They are sung in unknown or 'spirit' language. Also present were a few other men (unknown to the recordist), Jenny Manmarulu (David's wife and Rupert's mother), one grandchild of David and Jenny, and Matthew O'Keeffe.
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.
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).
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.
Matthew O\'Keeffe is the pilot resident at Warruwi and a friend of Solomon Ganawa. From time to time he can be heard during this session talking to Solomon.
Jenny Manmurulu is the wife of David Manmurulu and mother of Rupert Manmurulu. She teaches at the Warruwi school and is an accomplished dancer.
Rausing MDP0139
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1052657%23
Publisher:Linda Barwick
University of Sydney
Inyjalarrku IL
Undetermined language
spirit language
Subject (ISO639):und


Archive:  Endangered Languages Archive
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OaiIdentifier:  oai:soas.ac.uk:MPI1052657
DateStamp:  2017-04-15
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Citation: Manmurulu David, Winunguj (singer); Manmurulu Rupert (singer); Bickerdike Isabel, O'Keeffe (interviewer); Bickerdike Isabel, O'Keeffe (recorder); Lamilami Peter (singer); O'Keeffe Matthew; Manmurulu Jenny. 2006-08-26. Linda Barwick.
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