OLAC Record

Title:Jurtbirrk singing at Visitors' Quarters, Minjilang
Yiwarrunj, yinyman, radbiyi lda mali: Iwaidja and Other Endangered Languages of the Cobourg Peninsula (Australia) in their Cultural Context
Contributor (consultant):Yambikbik
Contributor (interviewer):Nick
Contributor (recorder):Bruce Birch
Contributor (singer):Reggie
Description:Sixteen jurtbirrk 'love songs' recorded at night at the visitors' quarters, Minjilang, recorded simultaneously by Linda Barwick on FlashRAM and by Bruce Birch on DV.
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.
Sixteen Jurtbirrk song items recorded at night on FlashRAM by Linda Barwick and simultaneously on DV video by Bruce Birch.
The song texts are in Iwaidja. The discussion between songs is in Iwaidja and English.
The singing was led by David Minyamak and later Reggie Cooper, with Archie Brown playing didjeridu. Brian Yambikbik did not play an active part in the performance, but witnessed it. Bruce Birch recorded the session on DV video and Linda Barwick recorded it on Marantz FlashRam audio. Nick Evans participated in the discussions of the songs.
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],
The first part of this recording is ldalha songs - see session IW20020722LD. This second part consists of sixteen jurtbirrk song items, which have been extracted as separate WAV files. The songs are interspersed with quiet discussion and commentary.
The video recording includes only jurtbirrk songs (that is, the first item on the DVrecording is equivalent to item 07 on the FlashRam WAV recording 20030722LB02). The video recording has not been indexed or analysed.
See PDF file 'JurtbirrkLoveSongs.pdf'
Publisher:Nicholas Evans
University of Melbourne
Iwaidja language
English language
Subject (ISO639):ibd


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DateStamp:  2017-02-14
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Citation: Yambikbik (consultant); Cookie; Bruce Birch (recorder); Linda (recorder); Reggie (singer); Nick (interviewer); Archie. 2003-07-22. Nicholas Evans.
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