OLAC Record

Title:Interview with Archie Brown 01
Yiwarrunj, yinyman, radbiyi lda mali: Iwaidja and Other Endangered Languages of the Cobourg Peninsula (Australia) in their Cultural Context
Contributor (consultant):Archie
Description:The informant gives some key biographical details of his life. He talks about his work for the Methodist mission on Croker Island, about the transition of the mission to a government settlement, and about the destructive impact of forced welfare on young people.The informant also describes his work history, away from Croker Island, on a cattle station and for a pearling enterprise. The informant talks about his birthplace. He discusses Reuben Cooper's death, his subsequent separation from the other children (Ronnie, Lorna, Ruby, etc), and their reunion at a meeting on Croker when the informant was already an adult and working at the mission butcher shop. The informant descibes the changes in the eating habits of the younger generation, moving away from bush food towards 'shop food', and states his opinion about the Australian welfare system, and attitudes to work of the young people.
This project documents, in as full a cultural context as is possible, the Iwaidja language of the Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory, Australia (Iwaidjan language family, non-Pama-Nyungan), still spoken by around 200 people but under increasing threat from English, as well as recording material from other languages of the region (Marrgu, Ilgar/ Garig, Amurdak and Manangkari) which are all reduced to one or two speakers each. In addition to linguists, the research team will include specialists in ethnomusicology, material culture / archaeology, and social anthropology, and will result in a comprehensive, searchable and browsable sound and video documentation, with Iwaidja transcriptions and subtitles alongside English translations, an Iwaidja dictionary of around 5,000 words, detailed phonetic analysis, and briefer materials on other languages of the area.
Archie Brown was born at Minarri, one of Reuben Cooper’s timber mills at the eastern end of the Cobourg Peninsula in 1941. As a young man he spent time working in Darwin, before moving to Croker, where he worked at the mission as a butcher and mechanic. He remains based at Minjilang today.
Publisher:Nicholas Evans
University of Melbourne
Biographical Data, Various
English language
Iwaidja language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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Citation: Archie (consultant); Bruce. 2003-11-02. Nicholas Evans.
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