Warlpiri stories & songs from Wirliyajarrayi, Yurntumu, Lajamanu & Nyirrpi

by Warlpiri women



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/28/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8x10
Page Count : 52
ISBN : 9781425104528

About the Book

Warlpiri-patu-kurlangu Jukurrpa-kurlu is a collection of 21 stories told by senior Aboriginal women from Warlpiri speaking communities in Central Australia. The book comes with accompanying audio CD. Warlpiri is the traditional language spoken by around 3000 people whose traditional country lies north-west of Alice Springs stretching across the Tanami Desert. The stories are about places of significance in Warlpiri country, Dreamings and traditional plant use. The women come from four remote communities in Central Australia: Lajamanu, Wirliyajarrayi (Willowra), Yurntumu (Yuendumu) and Nyirrpi. They have vast knowledge and experience of living in the bush. The stories were recorded in 2000 and transcribed and translated by Warlpiri teachers and students. The book also has wordlists and comprehension questions for each of the 21 stories, making it a valuable resource for teachers of Warlpiri or Aboriginal studies. Warlpiri people are concerned that important cultural information is not being passed on, and so educators, linguists and elders got together to produce a book to be used by Aboriginal teachers.

About the Author

The storytellers are senior Warlpiri women from the four main Warlpiri communities in Central Australia: Yuendumu, Lajamanu, Nyirrpi and Wirliyajarrayi (Willowra).