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dvR_041114_T1D
Two older knowledgeable informants instruct a younger man how to cook a green sea turtle in the traditional way.
dvR_051003
The informant demontrates and describes the preparation process and the application of a plant medicine made of wild lemon grass (Cymbopogon procerus).The base of the wild lemon grass is used for the treatment of scabies and skin sores. Procedure: Some lemon grass (Cymbopogon procerus) is pulled up. The earth is shaken off, the outer layers of each stem is peeled off and discarded. Then the upper part of the stems keeping only the bases are broken off. The bases are pounded and placed in a container of clean water. The water is brought to the boil and boiled until the liquid becomes transparent. Then it is moved from the fire and left to cool. The sores are washed with the liquid over a one or two day period. The procedure is repeated until the sores have healed.
dvR_050226_B
Joy Williams Malwagag demonstrates and describes the process of cooking hiant venus clams (Marcia hiantina - Veneridae) in a ground oven. This cockle species is called 'munang' in Iwaidja.
dvR_040206_A
On a bush trip, the informant demonstrates how to locate, choose and collect the leaves of the pandanus tree (Pandanus spiralis), called 'murrhala' in Iwaidja, which are used to weave baskets and mats. The informant first makes herself a hook by cutting down a small tree of an approprate length for reaching the higher pandanus leaves, and whose branches grow at the right angle to create a hooked end. When the informant has collected enough leaves, she packs the pandanus bundles, some of which have already been stripped by her daughter-in-law, into a mail bag which she then loads into the car.
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_051002_B
The informant demonstrates and describes how to obtain and process the inner bark of the cocky apple tree (Planchonia careya) for a medicine which is used for the treatment of skin sores, burns, cuts and boils. The procedure is as follows: The outer bark of the cocky apple tree (Planchonia careya) is peeled off and discarded. Then some of the inner bark is peeled off, pounded until it softens, put in a clean container of water, and brought to the boil. When the liquid has cleared, the tin is removed from the fire and left to stand overnight. The liquid is applied to the sores several times a day. The procedure is repeated as often as necessary.
dvR_050918
Joy Williams Malwagag demonstrates and explains the construction of a burial platform on treeforks by making a model.
dvR_051006
The informant demontrates and describes the preparation process and the application of a plant medicine made of a green ant's nest (Oecophylla smaragdina). The green ants nest, including eggs, larvae, and adult ants, built with the leaves of the paperbark tree (Melaleuca leucadendra) are used for the treatment of coughs and sore throats. Procedure: The branch on which the nest is built is broken off. The nest is then placed in a container of water, rubbing and squeezing it between the palms until the nest is broken and the ants, eggs and larvae are floating in the fluid. The leaves are removed and the liquid is drunk.
dvR_041114_T1A
Demonstration of killing a green sea turtle. Two older knowledgeable informants advise a younger man how to kill a green sea turtle according to tradition.
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_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_040807_T1B
Landscape recording of a controlled bush fire at Whitecliff. It was lit by permission of the traditional owners of that country. Demonstration only. (Part 1 of 2).
dvR_040319_B
Joy Williams demonstrates and teaches the process of stripping and splitting pandanus leaves.
dvR_040724_A
Joy Willams Malwagag demonstrates and explains in Iwaidja how to make a honey mop out of the stem of a fan palm [Livistonia humilis].
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_040309_C
Ilijili Lamilami demonstrates the weaving of a decorative mat, and Joy Williams engages her in a conversation about coiling, weaving, dyeing and other aspects of basket making.
dvR_050927_A
The informant demonstrates how to make a two ply string with the fibres of the bark of a Banyan tree.
dvR_041114_T2
Demonstration of butchering a green sea turtle. Two older knowledgeable informants instruct a younger man in the traditional method of cutting up a cooked green sea turtle. During this process they identify and name in Iwaidja all the cuts of meat and fat, and discuss their distribution to families.
dvR_050923_B
The informant demonstrates how to get the inner layer of the bark of the young stem of a Beach Hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus) which is used for making a three ply rope.
dvR_041128_A
The informants demonstrate the collection and preparation of the leaves of the Kentia Palm (Gronophyllum ramsayi) for basket making.