DOBES Archive

dvR_050923_A
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.
dvR_051004
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.
dvR_040417_T1B
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.
dvR_040807_T1C
Demonstration of how to cook long yam (Dioscorea transversa), called ldungun in Iwaidja, at Ngankikurruk (Whitecliff) with Joy Williams Malwagag and Mary Murndanymarri.
dvR_030818_T1B
Stephen Pamurdulpi demonstrates the killing of a green sea turtle. Khaki Marrala and David Minyimak observe the demonstration from a distance.
dvR_031023_A
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.
dvR_041114_T1D
Two older knowledgeable informants instruct a younger man how to cook a green sea turtle in the traditional way.
dvR_041128_A
The informants demonstrate the collection and preparation of the leaves of the Kentia Palm (Gronophyllum ramsayi) for basket making.
dvR_040808_A
Joy Williams demonstrates how to crack milky oysters, called 'kirwar' in Iwaidja.
dvR_050424_T2
The informants make some string figures.
dvR_050314
This recording documents aspects of the destruction wrought by Cyclone Ingrid on Croker Island.
dvR_040502
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.
dvR_040305_T1A
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.
dvR_041127
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.
dvR_041114_T3A
Joy Williams Malwagag tries to spear a stingray unsuccessfully.
dvR_041130
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.
dvR_040207_T2
The informants demonstrate the cooking of mud crabs (Scylla serrata), called 'kurrurtalk' in Iwaidja. (Part 2 of 2)
dvR_050212
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.
dvR_040207_T1C
The informants demonstrate the cooking of mud crabs (Scylla serrata), called 'kurrurtalk' in Iwaidja. (Part 1 of 2)
dvR_031102_A
The informant demonstrates the cracking open of black-lip oysters.