DOBES Archive

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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy Danbayarri of station life and a rebel called Major.
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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). Ronnie Wave Hill tells of the massacres and retributional killings carried out by his ancestors at the time of first contact with Europeans. He describes the locations of the attacks, the events and the personalities involved.
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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). Ronnie Wave Hill tells of the first contact with Europeans. At some point during the masscres, white men received a notice from Darwin or Katherine instructing them not to kill Aboriginal people any more. They kidnapped a boy of about ten years of age and taught him English. Then they returned to Gurindji country and approached two men who were fishing at a waterhole. Using the boy to communicated they said that they didn't want to kill people any more and that they would give them food and tobacco. The two men followed the European party to their camp and discovered European food and articles. The two men agreed to round up a sizeable number of their people and to bring them to a certain place at the river in one month's time. They were agreed and the two men did as discussed, spreading the word through Mutpurra, Gurindji and other groups living together at the time.
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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). Ronnie Wave Hill tells of a Vincent family ancestor who was ridiculed by white station staff for claiming to be able to make it rain, when it appeared he couldn't. He went to see a rainbow serpent (Kurraj) at 7 Mile Waterhole and asked for it to rain. Then he took off to the high country while rain poured down and inundated the homestead area, washing it away as well as people, cattle and anything on the ground. After a certain time the elder caused the rain to stop and returned to the station, which was to be rebuilt at its current location. The station manager told the elder that he wanted him to help him look at some other country further south. The elder agreed, but knew that he and his men were plotting to kill him. The party set off and the white men asked the elder to collect firewood, which he did, realising it was so much it was being planned to be be used to burn his dead body. When everybody went to bed that night, the elder sang a pelican dreaming song to put the white men into a deep sleep. Then he run away and they never saw him again. The recording end here, but after the recorder was turned off, the story-tellers related that the white men returned to the Aboriginal camp and shot dead the elder's brother as an act of vicarious revenge.
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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). Ronnie Wave Hill tells of a man who was out hunting one day when he spotted two women lying on the riverbank with some crocodiles. They pick up on his presence and dive away. He contrives a plan to capture one at a later date, does so and smokes off her tail. He takes her back to his community and introduces her as his wife. Elders who have seen unhappy endings to stories of domesticated water women before, warn him not to take her close to the water before she has had children, or else she will run away. He doesn't pay much heed to their words and lives together with his new wife for quite some time. Eventually, they pass by the spot where he originally found her and she takes off and dives into the water.
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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Two itinerant workers stop by the station asking for work, they are given something to do, but take off without advising anybody. A pilot reports having seen a mob of cattle in an unexpected area and the manager realises the men have taken the animals from the station. Stockmen, including Aboriginal stockmen chase them. The police are also advised and the men are caught and arrested.
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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Ronnie Wave Hill tells the Dreamtime story of old hermits who failed to look after a young traveller properly. A young travel coming up from the south comes across and old man living by himself. The old man has some bush wheat seeds that he has winnowed and ground. He keeps the good tucker for himself and offers the young man the chaff. The next day the young man continues on his way and finds another old man camped by himself further north. the story repeats itself and the young man stays hungry. He encounters 4 or 5 old men who treat him in the same way. Returning back south, the young man stops by each camp and steals the tucker from the old men's cooolamons. The first old man notices his coolamon is empty and goes down to his southern neighbour, accusing him of having taken his tucker. The latter pleads innocent and realises that his own tucker is missing too. They go to the next neighbour further south, and to the next, each in turn realising he too has been robbed. When finally there is no-one left to blame, one of them remembers the young man, they trace his tracks and look for him. When they catch up with him they want to fight him, but their boomerangs are too flimsy and old. The young man has two strong boomerangs which he thows in a way to make the old men duck. By ducking up and down to avoid the boomerangs, the old men turn into little jika birds; the ones that bob their heads up and down looking for seeds on the ground.
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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy Danbayarri tells a Dreamtime of two brothers who argue over women. They find two women, and the older brother claims them as his wives. The younger is unhappy about this arrangement and asks him to reconsider, but he older is set in his decision. The younger decides that he is justified in his claim to a wife to do magic to resolve the situation. He puts a curse on a tree so that when his brother climbs it for hunting, he can't come down. the younger takes off with the two wives. after a while he feels sorry for his older brother and sings the tree back down. the older brother returns to the community and people are surprised to see him, thinking he had died. He asks the whereabouts of his youner brother. the latter is out hunting with his wives. He waits for them. When they return, he attacks them, hitting the women, throwing the children to the ground and killing his younger brother with a knife.
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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Ronnie's parents worked on Wave Hill Station, but his grandparents looked after him for a time, taking him to many stations (Aboriginal camps) further west. Ronnie observed many ceremonies and learned to sing Wajarra. When he returned to Wave Hill, he was made to stand in a circle of people to sing for them. He was a young boy 6-10 years of age and they were impressed at how a child could sing without fear as he did. Dandy was a teenager and remembers the occasion.
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Dandy Danbayarri tells of the first aeroplanes to arrive at old Wave Hill Station and the preparations made. It was recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) c 1920 3 planes made their first landing at Wave Hill station. The story describes the work involved in the clearing of the airstrip, the fear and anticipation of the unknown machine, and the gathering at the landing of the planes. This story won a prize in the IAD Indigenous story competition in 2004.
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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy Danbayarri tells the story of inter-tribal warfare before the arrival or Europeans. It includes descriptions of ambush attacks and the stealing of women.
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for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation)
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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Ronnie Wave Hill tells of a boy whose job it was to help his brothers hunting by chasing the kangaroos out from the grass. One day he went too far away and he was kidnapped by a kangaroo. The big female put him in her pouch and hopped away up to the hills. His brothers found the spears he had tried to use to defend himself, read the tracks on the ground and understood what had happened. It took a long time for them to find him and then to find the right opportunity to kill the kangaroo without risking injury to their brother. In the meantime, the little one had started to grow fur on his back, kangaroo ears and was making twitching noises instead of talking. When the brothers finally managed to kill the kangaroo and take the little boy back to the camp he couldn't talk. They smoked him and dunked him in water. Then he returned to normal and he was able to tell them that they were his brothers and what had happened to him.
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for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy Danbayarri tells of a man who played the didjeridoo at Jaamangka. He tried all different dirrections, but found that it worked best when he was facing downstream. He names sites on Coolibah Creek, and relating to the Mosquito dreaming.
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Dandy Danbayarri tells a story of a `purnkali' devildevil for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Two men go hunting for wallabies. They come across a devildevil who thwarts their plans and makes them lose their senses.
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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy Danbayarri tells the story of inter-tribal warfare before the arrival or Europeans. It includes descriptions of ambush attacks and the stealing of women.
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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Peanut Pontiari tells of a young boy's narrow escape from a Puyukpuyuk bogeyman
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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). A boy goes hunting with his granny. She doesn't give him enough water to drink. She repeatedly tells him to get a kangaroo / wallaby and then he will get some water. Eventually he finds some water himself and decided to kill her. That night at supper he takes a hot rock from the fireplace and wraps a piece of meat around it and give it to er to eat. She swallows it and the rocks burns her stomach and kills her.
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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). Dreamtime story of two herons and an eagle. The eagle was an old man and the two young herons didn't want to be burdened with looking after him any more. The hatch a plan to trick the old man into going into a hole to get an echidna for tucker and then to make a fire in which the old man dies.
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Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) A man reurns from a day out hunting with injuries to his body. His two wives (a young one and an older one) are very worried about him. He tells a story about a fight with another member of the community. The same this happens over several days, but in fact it is the man who is inflicting the injuries on himself. The older wife detects that something is amiss and with the younger one, secretly follows him one day. They see him standing in a clearing throwing weapons in a way to make them return and injure him. The women are horrified and run out screaming at him. He is ashamed, turns into a Warli bird (like a kite, but white) and flies away.