OLAC Record

Title:Jurtbirrk Music Performance ('Love Songs') 07
Yiwarrunj, yinyman, radbiyi lda mali: Iwaidja and Other Endangered Languages of the Cobourg Peninsula (Australia) in their Cultural Context
Contributor (consultant):Reggie
Description:Night performance of Jurtbirrk ('Love Songs') at Reggie Cooper's house in Minjilang.
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.
Night performance of Jurtbirrk ("Love Songs") at Reggie Cooper's house in Minjilang.
Reggie Cooper was born in the 1930s at Ingbarlmun at the eastern end of the Cobourg Peninsula, where his father worked cutting cypress pine at one of Reuben Cooper’s timber mills. He moved to Cape Don as a young man. After living for a time at Bagot Reserve in Darwin, he moved, with his wife and children, to Minjilang on Croker Island, where his uncles were clan owners. He remains based at Minjilang today.
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.
Jimmy was born in Darwin in 1966, and moved with his family to Croker Island at an early age. He attended school at Minjilang and later Kormilda College in Darwin. He has spent time working as a ranger on Cobourg Peninsula.
David Minyimak was born at Araru near Cape Don in the 1930s. After spending time working as a cook at Murganella (Waak), where he was given the nickname ‘Cookie’, he moved to Minjilang on Croker Island. After the success of the Cobourg Land Claim in 1981, Minyimak and his brother and sister established an outstationat Gamurragi. He now divides his time between Minjilang and the mainland.
Publisher:Nicholas Evans
University of Melbourne
Music Performance, Jurtbirrk, Love songs
English language
Iwaidja language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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DateStamp:  2017-02-14
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Citation: Reggie (consultant); Archie (consultant); Bruce; Jimmy (consultant); David (consultant). 2004-01-26. Nicholas Evans.
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Country: AustraliaUnited Kingdom
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