OLAC Record

Title:ldalha kalajbari singing at Archie Brown's house
Yiwarrunj, yinyman, radbiyi lda mali: Iwaidja and Other Endangered Languages of the Cobourg Peninsula (Australia) in their Cultural Context
Contributor (recorder):Bruce Birch
Contributor (singer):Archie
Description:Eleven kalajbari 'frigate bird' song items recorded by Bruce Birch at Archie Brown's house. The performance was followed by a session of Jurtbirrk songs (see session IW20030729JU).
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.
This session contains 13 Ldalha song items spread across two FlashRam recordings (seven items on 20030722LB01, and six items on 20030722LB02).
The song texts are said to be in Iwaidja but the words, which are always sung the same, are vocables. This type of song language was described by Bryan Yambikbik in English as 'sing and call', or 'only name'. The discussion between the song items is in Iwaidja and English.
Singing is led by Archie Brown, with David Minyamak assisting. Reggie Cooper plays didjeridu, while Bruce Birch records the session on DV.
[potted biography of Archie to be added],
Cookie is a native speaker of Iwaidja, although his father language is Amurdak. His country is on Cobourg and he has an outstation at Black Point. From his description that he was a little boy during the second world war we can assume he was born in the thirties and is now (2003) probably in his late sixties, or around seventy. The name "Cookie" originated from his time as a cook (several years) at Waak. He has no children. It seems he had leprosy as a child.
DV tape recorded by Bruce Birch. No mpeg file created, but individual WAV files have been excerpted for each song.
Publisher:Nicholas Evans
University of Melbourne
English language
Iwaidja language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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Citation: Archie (singer); Cookie (singer); Bruce Birch (recorder); Reggie. 2003-07-29. Nicholas Evans.
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