DOBES Archive

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_050316
This recording documents aspects of the destruction wrought by Cyclone Ingrid on Croker Island. The film was taken two days after the cyclone hit.
dvR_030818_T1A
Hunting a green sea turtle with Stephen Pamurdulpi (harpooner), Abel (steering), Jeremiah and Brandon (Steven's sons). Khaki Marrala and David Minyimak are waiting at the beach. Demonstration only.
dvR_030810_C
Annabel Nabigeyo and Maggie Maburnbi (background) are digging for long-necked turtles in the dried-out swamp at Adjamarduku outstation on Croker Island. Demonstration only.
dvR_030917_B
The informants talk about Ngili, the Mosquito Song, and discuss who the best singer is. This is followed by a conversation about the clan affiliation of the number one singer (Manjurrnguny).
dvR_041129_T1
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.
dvR_041104
The musicians Charlie Mangulda, Brian Yambikbik and Archie Brown give background information on Marrwakani, Ldalha and other songs.
dvR_041114_T1B
Demonstration of disembowelling a green sea turtle. Two older knowledgeable informants advise a younger man how to disembowel a green sea turtle according to tradition.
dvR_030810_D
Annabel Nabigeyo is digging for water lily bulbs in the dried-out swamp at Adjamarduku outstation on Croker Island. Demonstration only.
dvR_041026_T2
Background information on 'Marrwakani', 'Yanajanak' and other songs. Archival recordings are played back to the informants.
dvR_041022_T3
The musicians perform Ldalha, called Sea Songs in English, at Rruwirk outstation on Croker Island. Archie Brown: Lead singer, clapsticks. Sam Namaruka: Didjeridoo Ronnie Waraludj: Second singer, second clapsticks
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_040317
Ilijili Lamilami demonstrates the making of a decorative mat and discusses basket making in general. Towards the end she talks about the impact of welfare payments.
dvR_040305_T1B
Ilijili Lamilami removes prickles from her hands after gathering the leaves of the pandanus spiralis called murrhala in Iwaidja, describing the process as it happens.
dvR_060727_T1
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.
dvR_040417_T2A
On a bush trip to Malkirr, Joy Williams collects longbums (Telescopium telescopium - Potamididae) from the salt plain. Longbums, called marrkika in Iwaidja, can be eaten or used as a bait for fishing.
dvR_030722_T3B
Khaki Marrala and David Minyimak give the Iwaidja names for a few good tasting yams and fruits which are still collected.
dvR_031017_T1E
The informant listens to historical Iwaidja recordings. He then discusses the value of recorded knowledge for the future generation. Mostly in English with some iwaidja key words.