OLAC Record

Title:Jurtbirrk 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):Cookie
Description:Fifteen Jurtbirrk love song items recorded at night on DV and FlashRAM by Bruce Birch at Archie Brown'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.
This singing session was recorded on both DV and FlashRAM by Bruce Birch. A total of 17 Jurtbirrk song items were recorded, of which 15 survive in 14 WAV files. The video recording includes 6 jurtbirrk song items which were excerpted as audio WAV files (items 4 and 5 are contained in the same WAV file). The original audio recording has not survived. It contained 11 jurtbirrk song items, which were excerpted and saved as separate WAV files by Bruce Birch, but items 01 and 09 were damaged and cannot be retrieved.
The song texts are in Iwaidja language. The commentary between songs is in Iwaidja and English.
Reggie Cooper and David Minyamak sang the songs (either man was able to lead the singing), while Archie Brown played didjeridu and Bruce Birch recorded on DV.
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. His hands and feet are
[potted biography of Archie to be added],
Recorded at night by Bruce Birch at Archie Cooper's house, Minjilang. An audio recording was made before or after on the same occasion, but only nine excerpted files survive (items 2-8, 10-11 of the original FlashRam recording).
Lost original 16-bit 44.1khz WAV file recorded on Marantz FlashRam recorder, from which song item files were excerpted. There were 11 song items on this recording, but only 9 of them survive (the WAV files for items 1 and 9 became corrupted and could not be recovered).
Publisher:Nicholas Evans
University of Melbourne
Individual song
Iwaidja jurtbirrk songs
English language
Iwaidja language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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DateStamp:  2017-02-14
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Citation: Cookie (singer); Bruce Birch (recorder); Archie; Reggie (singer). 2003-07-29. Nicholas Evans.
Terms: area_Europe area_Pacific country_AU country_GB iso639_eng iso639_ibd

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Country: AustraliaUnited Kingdom
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