DOBES Archive

The informant demonstrates how to get the inner layer of the bark of the aerial root of a Banyan tree which is used for making a two ply string.
The informants demontrate and describe the preparation process and the application of a plant medicine made of the fan palm (Livistona humilis) which is used for chest colds and sore throat. Procedure: A small fan palm (Livistona humilis) is cut right at the base and the fronds are removed. A fire is lit and the trunk is singed thoroughly, turning it constantly. After removing the bark, the trunk is pounded until it softens, and left soaking in water overnight. The pieces of trunk are removed, sucked to extract the juice, and then discarded. The remaining solution is drunk. The procedure is repeated as often as necessary.
On a bush trip to Malkirr, Joy Williams walks on the salt plain in the direction of the mangroves where mud mussels 'ngarlwak' are to be found.
Demonstration of how to cook long yam (Dioscorea transversa), called ldungun in Iwaidja, at Ngankikurruk (Whitecliff) with Joy Williams Malwagag and Mary Murndanymarri.
Stephen Pamurdulpi demonstrates the killing of a green sea turtle. Khaki Marrala and David Minyimak observe the demonstration from a distance.
The informant knocks down a seed pod of the Wirdil tree (Bombax ceiba). She opens a pod, removing the fine, white cottonwool-like fibre called kabajang, and describes how people of her parents generation used it for stuffing pillows.
Two older knowledgeable informants instruct a younger man how to cook a green sea turtle in the traditional way.
The informants demonstrate the collection and preparation of the leaves of the Kentia Palm (Gronophyllum ramsayi) for basket making.
Joy Williams demonstrates how to crack milky oysters, called 'kirwar' in Iwaidja.
This recording documents aspects of the destruction wrought by Cyclone Ingrid on Croker Island.
Ilijili Lamilami and her family, Joy Williams Malwagag and Kennedy Brown on a bush trip to Jimurtbab with the intention to dig long yams (Dioscorea transversa), which are called ldungun in Iwaidja. The participants first locate the long yam plants and explain how they know from examining the vine that the tubers are ready to eat. Then they demonstrate the digging up of the yam roots in different soil conditions. The procedure is accompanied by verbal descriptions.
Ilijili Lamilami collects a pplant she refers to as 'kunji'. She cannot recall the actual name of the plant in Iqaidja, and we have not been able yet to identify the scientific name. Kunji means black or dark, which refers to the obtained colour range.
The informants demonstrate the making of Kentia Palm (Gronophyllum ramsayi) leaf baskets. The leaves had been soaked in a creek for a few days to soften them up. Unfortunately the creek's water might have contained too much salt, as the leaves were not as flexible as expected. The informants try to use them without success. Before the introduction of tins and buckets, these containers were used to carry wild honey, water or other fluid substances.
Joy Williams Malwagag tries to spear a stingray unsuccessfully.
The informants demonstrate the making of the Kentia Palm (Gronophyllum ramsayi) leaf baskets. This plant and the baskets are called 'marruny' in Iwaidja. The leaves were left soaking in a fresh water spring for a few days to make them soft and flexible.
The informants demonstrate the cooking of mud crabs (Scylla serrata), called 'kurrurtalk' in Iwaidja. (Part 2 of 2)
Miyulum (Eriosema chinense) has a small, round tuber which can be eaten raw or roasted. Joy Willams Malwagag demonstrates how to dig up these tubers. She finds that they are not ready to harvest.
The informants demonstrate the cooking of mud crabs (Scylla serrata), called 'kurrurtalk' in Iwaidja. (Part 1 of 2)
The informant demonstrates the cracking open of black-lip oysters.
The informant demontrates and describes the preparation process and the application of a plant medicine made of a green ant's nest (Oecophylla smaragdina). The green ants nest, including eggs, larvae, and adult ants, built with the leaves of the paperbark tree (Melaleuca leucadendra) are used for the treatment of coughs and sore throats. Procedure: The branch on which the nest is built is broken off. The nest is then placed in a container of water, rubbing and squeezing it between the palms until the nest is broken and the ants, eggs and larvae are floating in the fluid. The leaves are removed and the liquid is drunk.