DOBES Archive

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.
The informants give background information on several different song sets: Manbam, Jurtbirrk ('Love Songs'), Ldalha ('Sea Songs').
Two older knowledgeable informants instruct a younger man how to cook a green sea turtle in the traditional way.
Recently recorded Jurtbirrk songs are played back to David Minyimak and Khaki Marrala who confirm or identify the composer of each song, explain the lyrics, and give detailed information on the context of the song texts. (Part 1 of 2)
Documentation of Christmas Eve celebrations on Croker Island. (Part 1 of 2)
Rae Giribuk and Joy Williams Malwagag point to some places in the distance, call their names and decribe how they were used as camping places in the past.
Ilijili Lamilami describes how people used to collect giant clams (Tridacna squamosa), called 'maminga' in Iwaidja, at low tide.
Itbi-itbi Music Performance ("Love Songs") at Rruwirk. The songs are sung in Kunwinjku and Mawng. Dick Gameraidj: Lead singer, clapsticks Lindsay Gameraidj: Singer, clapsticks Ronnie Waraludj: Singer, clapsticks Sam Namaruka: Didjeridoo
The informants give background information on the Sea Songs, called 'Ldalha' in Iwaidja.
The informant provides background information on the sea song set. (Part 1 of 2)
Ldalha Music Performance (Sea Songs) at Rruwirk. Archie Brown: Lead singer, clapsticks Ronnie Waraludj: Singer, clapsticks Lindsay Gameraidj: Singer, clapsticks Sam Namaruka: Didjeridoo
The informants perform Injalarrku, the Mermaid Songs. There is some conversation inbetween music breaks captured.
The two informants identify in Iwaidja sea shells which were either collected from or photographed at various beaches on Croker Island. They also give ethnographic information on whether a certain shell was used as a tool in everyday life (i.e. pipe, knife, water container, etc.), which shellfish are desirable as a food source, and which are classified as poisonous.
The informants tell part of the story behind Injalarrku, the Mermaid Song. It forms part of the Mardayin cultural complex, and is closely linked to the well-known story of Lumaluma. Lumaluma was a whale who was killed because he ate too much. His wives searched for him everyhwere in vain. One of Lumaluma's wives was pregnant, and the mermaids, from which Injalarrku takes its name, are her daughters. David Goodness tells the story first in Mawng. This is followed by an explanation in English by Ronald Lamilami and David Goodness.
An old knowledgeable informant identifies and gives the Iwaidja names for the internal organs of a green sea turtle. The organs are laid out on the ground after they have been removed from the body. In the background, David Minyimak confirms each of the identified parts.
The informants demonstrate the collection and preparation of the leaves of the Kentia Palm (Gronophyllum ramsayi) for basket making.
Musicians meet in the yard of Mamaruni School in Minjilang to perform Yanajanak ("Stone Country Songs") to accompany a dance practice for the boys and girls. Charlie Mangulda: Song owner, lead singer, clap stick lead Reuben Arramunika: Didjeridoo Archie Brown: Clap sticks Jamesie Cooper: Lead dancer, boys Maggie Maburnbi: Lead dancer, girls Ronnie Waraluj: MC, main teaching role, boys
This recording documents the preparation and the travel to Darwin of the musicians and dancers whose Jurtbirrk CD won the Northern Territory Traditional Music Award 2005. They were invited to Darwin to perform Jurtbirrk at the awards night. Ronnie Waraludj: Lead Singer, clapsticks David Miniymak: Singer, clapsticks Tony Yarmirr: Didjeridoo Daisy Yarmirr: Dancer Anita Yarmirr: Dancer
The musicians perform Jurtbirrk ('Love Songs') at Rruwirk outstation on Croker Island. Reggie Cooper: Lead singer, clapsticks David Minyimak: Singer, clapsticks Sam Namaruka: Didjeridoo
Joy Williams demonstrates how to crack milky oysters, called 'kirwar' in Iwaidja.