DOBES Archive

IW20041022MW
This session contains didjeridu-accompanied Marrwakani songs of the 'stone country song' genre, received from a mimi spirit on the Arnhem Land plateau in his own country Mangulhan by Paddy Compass (deceased). Paddy Compass was mother's brother to the lead singer, Archie Brown, who arranged the recording session and led the singing. The backup singer was Ronnie Cooper, who appeared to know the songs quite well and took a prominent role in the later part of the session. He used a pair of half-finished softwood clapsticks, which sometimes rustled on the plastic tarpaulin. The recording took place at the place of residence of Sammy Namarrwuka, because it was quiet and because he was the only person Archie thought knew the songs well enough to play didjeridu for them. Sammy experienced some difficulty with both didjeridus he had available, because they were unfinished and the mouthpieces were too wide and had no wax on them yet. The session was cut short because Sammy and Ronnie had another engagement.
dvR_030721_A
Bruce Birch arrives on Croker Island to kick of the Iwaidja Documentation Project. Shows the flight to Croker and landing.Does not contain any text.
dvR_040808_A
Joy Williams demonstrates how to crack milky oysters, called 'kirwar' in Iwaidja.
dvR_060411_T2B
The informants talk about their countries on the adjacent mainland of Croker Island, in North-Western Arnhemland.
IW20040204YA
This singing session was recorded on DV by Bruce Birch. A total of 11 Yanajanak song items were recorded. There was much noise from children dancing and playing.
Jurtbirrk Transcriptions
Text files containing transcriptions of Jurtbirrk songs.
dvR_060723_B
Visiting Khaki Marralas country: Khaki Marrala, a knowledgable Iwaidja man who lives on Croker Island, was talking for decades about going back to his country on the mainland (Wilyi), to set up an outstation and live there with his family. In July 2006 the researchers Bruce Birch, Nicholas Evans, Murray Garde and Kim Akerman organized a field trip with Khaki Marrala and two other informants to Wilyi. It is the first time since 25 years that Khaki Marrala is back on his homeland.
IW20030722KA
This session contains 13 Ldalha song items spread across two FlashRam recordings (seven items on 20030722LB01, and six items on 20030722LB02). The session was also recorded by Bruce Birch on DV.
IW20030809JU
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).
dvR_040808_B
Joy Williams Malwagag and Mari Murndanymarri demonstrate how to to locate a hollow log tree containing a beehive. Joy pulls down the tree, which is rotten at the base, splits it open and describes the different parts of the hive (i.e. wax, eggs, honey). Then she removes the wild honey, called kakurl in Iwaidja, with a spoon and a honey mop.
dvR_040510_T1
Tim Mamitba and Rachel Nimilga discuss kinship terminology and triangular kinship terms. N.B. Although recorded on digital video, there is no video file for this session as the informants requested that they not be filmed.
IW20040205KAJK
This session contains a mixture of kalajbari 'frigate bird' series and jalarrkuku 'floating island' series song items, both series of the ldalha 'sea song' genre.
IW20040203YA
This singing session was recorded on DV by Bruce Birch. A total of 9 Yanajanak song items were recorded. There was much noise from children dancing and playing.
IW20030809KA
This session contains 22 Ldalha song items recorded on video at night by Bruce Birch. Because of the quality of the video no mpeg file has been created, but a 16-bit 44khz WAV file was created, from individual 16-bit 44.1 khz WAV files were excerpted for the individual song items.
dvR_040507_A
Tim Mamitba and Rachel Nimilga discuss kinship terminology by talking about their reatives. They also include language, clan and country affiliations, and other contextual information. N.B. Although recorded on digital video, there is no video file for this session as the informant requested that she not be filmed.
IW20030729KA
This session contains 13 Ldalha song items spread across two FlashRam recordings (seven items on 20030722LB01, and six items on 20030722LB02).
IW20040217YI
This session contains three yiwarruj church songs sung by a large group and recorded on video by Bruce Birch.
dvR_030721_B
This text was recorded by Bruce Birch at Khaki Marrala's house at Minjilang on the day of his arrival to begin work on the Iwaidja Documentation Project. Khaki Marrala is talking about wanting to visit his country on the mainland (Wilyi). He is speaking English.
IW20040126JU01
This singing session was recorded on DV by Bruce Birch. A total of 8 Jurtbirrk song items were recorded. There was much noise from children dancing and playing. On the evening of the same day a second jurtbirrk singing session was recorded with different performers (see IW20040126JU02).
IW20050113BBW_KN
Charlie (Nangila bani namba 5) sings Kun-nalk (tears) accompanied by Dick Gameradj (sticks, vocals), Dick's son, and Sammy Namururrka (didj). The session was recorded on the front verandah of Dick's house overlooking the sea.