OLAC Record

Title:Jurtbirrk singing at Max Davidson's Safari camp
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 by Bruce Birch at Max Davidson's Tourist Safari Camp north of Oenpelli NT
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 DV by Bruce Birch. A total of 15 Jurtbirrk song items were recorded (13 on dvR 030809 3 and 2 on dvR 030809 4). The jurtpirrk singing was followed by singing of kalajbarri songs (see session IW20030809KA).
The song texts are in Iwaidja language. The commentary between songs is in Iwaidja and English.
Reggie Cooper and David Minyamak led the singing, with Archie Brown playing didjeridu. 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 Safari camp. Because of poor video image, no mpeg file created, just extracted WAV file for creation of individual song files.
Recorded at night by Bruce Birch at Safari camp. Because of poor video image, no mpeg created, just extracted WAV file and song excerpts.
Publisher:Nicholas Evans
University of Melbourne
English language
Iwaidja language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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DateStamp:  2017-02-14
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Citation: Cookie (singer); Reggie (singer); Bruce Birch (recorder); Archie. 2003-08-09. Nicholas Evans.
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Country: AustraliaUnited Kingdom
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