The Language Archive

MAR_w_660617
Marrku text about various topics - 'the old days', 'hunting and fighting', 'marriage and war', 'World War II', rec. by Bernard Schebeck on Goulburn Island, from Alf Brown. Original recording is in the AIATSIS archive, Archive Tape A645, Track A; Field Tape MA5. Only first line transcribed (lurrurrhu malkuyi ngurn)
MAR_w_660613
This tape contains recordings made by Bern(h)ard Schebeck with several Marrku speakers, apparently in the first two stops of a journey from Darwin to Eastern Arnhem Land via Croker and Goulburn Islands. This is the first of several tapes made on this journey. Original archiving details are: Field Tape number MA1 (Schebeck); AIAS Archive Number A643, Track A. The originals are held in the AIAS archive, Canberra, who digitised the tapes. Since precise dates are not given for the originals, the dates given here are constructed as follows: the date for this session is that for the first date of BS's travel, and each subsequent session is given a date one day later. Further confusion about the identity of these tapes comes from the fact that the first 34 minutes of this tape recurs on the second tape in the series (here archived as MAR_w_660614), but the second tape then contains a further 30 minute of text. The introductory metadata spoken by the AIAS archivist on the two tapes, however, erroneously suggests totally different content. The material lodged here links elan and trs files for the first 34 minutes to this session; the following 30 minutes will then be linked to the next one. Contents of this tape are as follows: 1. [0.15 - 4.05] Dicky Malwagu. (a) short account of the coming of white people to the area 2. [4.25 - 13.00] Dicky Malwagu. (b) Discussion of skins, moieties etc. 3. [13.20 - 19.37] Jimmy Jambalulu (c) explanation of BS coming and asking him to record the story, which appears to be a sort of taped letter which BS would then play to HM on Croker; it is likely (1-3) were recorded in Darwin 4. [20.04 - 34:09] Hazel Mamiyarr - autobiographical text touching on a range of topics All this material has been transcribed, and translated into English and Iwaidja, by JW and NE. This material is divided across a number of trs files; only part of which has been transferred into eaf format at this stage.
MAR_w_660614
This tape contains recordings made by Bern(h)ard Schebeck with several Marrku speakers, apparently in the first two stops of a journey from Darwin to Eastern Arnhem Land via Croker and Goulburn Islands. This is the 'second' of several tapes made on this journey. Original archiving details are: Field Tape number MA2 (Schebeck); AIAS Archive Number A643, Track B. The originals are held in the AIAS archive, Canberra, who digitised the tapes. Since precise dates are not given for the originals, the dates given here are constructed as follows: the date for this session is that for the second date of BS's travel, and each subsequent session is given a date one day later. Further confusion about the identity of these tapes comes from the fact that the first 34 minutes of this tape recurs on the first tape in the series (here archived as MAR_w_660613), but this second tape then contains a further 30 minutes of text. The introductory metadata spoken by the AIAS archivist on the two tapes, however, erroneously suggests totally different content. The material lodged here links elan and trs files for the last part of this session. Contents of the last part of this tape are as follows: 1. [from around 34 minutes, lasts c. 21 minutes] Jimmy Jambululu, hunting 'harrmbu' (which could mean either 'crocodile' or 'goanna', prob. the latter since dogs are involved) 2. history of Croker region, including interesting material on the Macassans However the language is mumbled and difficult and has only been partly and very roughly transcribed.
MAR_w_660618
Marrku text about travel between Cape Don and Yirrkala, rec. by Bernard Schebeck on Goulburn Island, prob. from Alf Brown though speaker id. not yet definite. Original recording is in the AIATSIS archive, Archive Tape A645, Track B; Field Tape MA6. Content listed in Schebeck metadata as 'various trips in Cargo boats', 'a trip to Arnhem Bay', '2 killers', and 'the Marrgu - country'. Rough transcription of first part in transcriber. [Media file still needs chasing up among AIATSIS CDs]
GAR_w_660613
This session was recorded by linguist Bernhard Schebeck between 13 June and 23 July 1966, at an unknown location which may have been Croker Island, from Alf Brown. It consists entirely of Garig language with no translation or spoken metadata. It has not yet been transcribed, but contains a number of reminiscences about the old days, including material on hunting and fighting, marriage and war, and World War II. This recording comes from the AIATSIS archive (A6468); Schebeck's original tape code was GA1.
MAR_w_660619
Recording made by Bernard Schebeck from Alf Brown, Croker or Goulburn Islands. Schebeck's metadata states it contains 'narrative concerning the green turtle and the freshwater turtle. Narrative about hunting. About Marrku men in Macassar. About a boy who stole a Yiwaidja girl and killed her father. About Alf Brown's father. Original recording in AIATSIS Archive, 646A, Field tape MA7. First words: mirrithukulyu wunku. Need to locate digitised media file (maybe in Darwin on AIAS CDs). Not yet transcribed.