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Title:Story of Warramurrungunji 02
Yiwarrunj, yinyman, radbiyi lda mali: Iwaidja and Other Endangered Languages of the Cobourg Peninsula (Australia) in their Cultural Context
Contributor (consultant):Khaki
Description:Khaki Marrala tells the story of the female creator being Warramurrungunji. This is the creation story of how people first came to Northwestern Arnhem Land, and how they came to speak so many different languages. Warramurrungunji is the First Woman or Mother Creator of the Northwest Arnhem Landers. She came across the sea from the northwest, and landed first at the northern end of Croker Island, where she gave birth to the inhabitants and their language. From there she travelled to the mainland where she deposited both the coastal and inland peoples and assigned them all a language.
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.
Khaki Marrala is a senior Murran clan member whose father’s language was Iwaidja and whose mother’s language was Marrku. Khaki was born at Waningurarlarl in the Malay Bay area of; the Murran clan estate, situtated on the mainland not far from Croker Island, probably around 1930. As a child and adolescent he travelled extensively throughout the Cobourg Region and retains today a thorough knowledge of the area and its resources. At the time of the Second World War, when the mission on Croker was established, he was living at Inyjinaj on Croker Island, looking after and providing for a group of older Marrku speaking people. In the early days of the mission he worked on supply ships servicing the northern coast, and later settled more or less permanently at Minjilang where he worked, among other things, as a gardener. He remains at Minjilang today, where he is a key Iwaidja and Marrku language consultant for both the Iwaidja Documentation Project and Minjilang Endangered Languages Publishing Project.
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
Oral History, Warramurrungunji
English language
Iwaidja language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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Citation: Khaki (consultant); David (consultant); Bruce. 2004-11-10. Nicholas Evans.
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