People's Stories

Dandy Danbayarri tells of the first aeroplanes to arrive at old Wave Hill Station and the preparations made. It was recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) c 1920 3 planes made their first landing at Wave Hill station. The story describes the work involved in the clearing of the airstrip, the fear and anticipation of the unknown machine, and the gathering at the landing of the planes. This story won a prize in the IAD Indigenous story competition in 2004.
Alt title: Tiwu-waji. Dandy Danbayarri tells of the first aeroplanes to arrive at old Wave Hill Station and the preparations made. It was recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) 31.0 min
Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). Ronnie Wave Hill tells of a Vincent family ancestor who was ridiculed by white station staff for claiming to be able to make it rain, when it appeared he couldn't. He went to see a rainbow serpent (Kurraj) at 7 Mile Waterhole and asked for it to rain. Then he took off to the high country while rain poured down and inundated the homestead area, washing it away as well as people, cattle and anything on the ground. After a certain time the elder caused the rain to stop and returned to the station, which was to be rebuilt at its current location. The station manager told the elder that he wanted him to help him look at some other country further south. The elder agreed, but knew that he and his men were plotting to kill him. The party set off and the white men asked the elder to collect firewood, which he did, realising it was so much it was being planned to be be used to burn his dead body. When everybody went to bed that night, the elder sang a pelican dreaming song to put the white men into a deep sleep. Then he run away and they never saw him again. The recording end here, but after the recorder was turned off, the story-tellers related that the white men returned to the Aboriginal camp and shot dead the elder's brother as an act of vicarious revenge.
Alt Title: Yipu-waji; Yipu Manuwaji. Ronnie Wave Hill tells the story of the elder who caused the 1926 flood of Wave Hill Station homestead. It was recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) 12.6 min
Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). Ronnie Wave Hill tells of the first contact with Europeans. At some point during the masscres, white men received a notice from Darwin or Katherine instructing them not to kill Aboriginal people any more. They kidnapped a boy of about ten years of age and taught him English. Then they returned to Gurindji country and approached two men who were fishing at a waterhole. Using the boy to communicated they said that they didn't want to kill people any more and that they would give them food and tobacco. The two men followed the European party to their camp and discovered European food and articles. The two men agreed to round up a sizeable number of their people and to bring them to a certain place at the river in one month's time. They were agreed and the two men did as discussed, spreading the word through Mutpurra, Gurindji and other groups living together at the time.
Alt Title: Kamparrilang Kartiya; First Contact Recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). Ronnie Wave Hill tells of the first contact with Europeans after the masscres, and how this led to Gurindji, Kartangarurru and Mutpurra working on Wave Hill Station. 28.0 min
Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). Ronnie Wave Hill tells of the massacres and retributional killings carried out by his ancestors at the time of first contact with Europeans. He describes the locations of the attacks, the events and the personalities involved.
Alt Title: Kujilirli; Massacres. Recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Ronnie Wave Hill tells of massacres at the time of first contact with Europeans 27.8 min
Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy tells the story of a dead rainbow snake (Kurraj) which was found at Seale Gorge, and the sorry business (funeral ritual) which followed.
Alt Title Kurraj I. Recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). Dandy tells the story of a dead rainbow snake (Kurraj) which was found at Seale Gorge, and the sorry business (funeral ritual) which followed. 5.75 min
Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Ronnie's parents worked on Wave Hill Station, but his grandparents looked after him for a time, taking him to many stations (Aboriginal camps) further west. Ronnie observed many ceremonies and learned to sing Wajarra. When he returned to Wave Hill, he was made to stand in a circle of people to sing for them. He was a young boy 6-10 years of age and they were impressed at how a child could sing without fear as he did. Dandy was a teenager and remembers the occasion.
Alt Title: Wajarra Intro. Recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Ronnie Wave Hill provides the context to his and Dandy Danbayarri's singing of a traditional Wajarra song. (Singing not included) 12.0 min
Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy Danbayarri tells the story of inter-tribal warfare before the arrival or Europeans. It includes descriptions of ambush attacks and the stealing of women.
Alt Title: Waringarri. Recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). Dandy Danbayarri tells the story of inter-tribal warfare before the arrival or Europeans 11.8 min
Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy Danbayarri tells the story of inter-tribal warfare before the arrival or Europeans. It includes descriptions of ambush attacks and the stealing of women.
Alt Title: Waringarri. Recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). Dandy Danbayarri tells the story of inter-tribal warfare before the arrival or Europeans 11.8 min
Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy Danbayarri tells a Dreamtime of two brothers who argue over women. They find two women, and the older brother claims them as his wives. The younger is unhappy about this arrangement and asks him to reconsider, but he older is set in his decision. The younger decides that he is justified in his claim to a wife to do magic to resolve the situation. He puts a curse on a tree so that when his brother climbs it for hunting, he can't come down. the younger takes off with the two wives. after a while he feels sorry for his older brother and sings the tree back down. the older brother returns to the community and people are surprised to see him, thinking he had died. He asks the whereabouts of his youner brother. the latter is out hunting with his wives. He waits for them. When they return, he attacks them, hitting the women, throwing the children to the ground and killing his younger brother with a knife.
Alt Title: Karntirlu Karu Warrkuj Mani; Karnatirlu Karu Jawurra Kanya. Recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy Danbayarri tells true stories of a bush girl who kidnaps a baby, and of a child who gets taken by a wedge-tailed eagle. 20.0 min
Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy Danbayarri of station life and a rebel called Major.
Recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy Danbayarri of station life and a rebel called Major. 21.3 min
for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation)
recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy Danbayarri of station life and a rebel called Boxer. 34.0 min
Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy Danbayarri tells of station life and a police tracker called Rawuyarri
Recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy Danbayarri tells of station life and a police tracker called Rawuyarri 16.25 min
Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). Ronnie Wave Hill tells of the massacres and retributional killings carried out by his ancestors at the time of first contact with Europeans. He describes the locations of the attacks, the events and the personalities involved.
Recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Ronnie Wave Hill tells of massacres at the time of first contact with Europeans 27.8 min
Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Two itinerant workers stop by the station asking for work, they are given something to do, but take off without advising anybody. A pilot reports having seen a mob of cattle in an unexpected area and the manager realises the men have taken the animals from the station. Stockmen, including Aboriginal stockmen chase them. The police are also advised and the men are caught and arrested.
Original Title: Kartiyarlu Ngarin Jawurrap Pani Recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) Dandy Danbayarri tells a story of cattle rustlers from station times. 19.5 min
Dandy Danbayarri tells of the first aeroplanes to arrive at old Wave Hill Station and the preparations made. It was recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) c 1920 3 planes made their first landing at Wave Hill station. The story describes the work involved in the clearing of the airstrip, the fear and anticipation of the unknown machine, and the gathering at the landing of the planes. This story won a prize in the IAD Indigenous story competition in 2004.
Original Title: Kinyjirrkawu Murtap Dandy Danbayarri tells of camping and hunting as a child with his mothers, including looking for bush peanuts (kinyjirrka) and an attack on one of the women by some bush girls. It was recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) 40.0 min
Recorded for Kalkaringi Community Education Centre (primary and middle school) Gurindji program organised by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation). Ronnie Wave Hill tells of a Vincent family ancestor who was ridiculed by white station staff for claiming to be able to make it rain, when it appeared he couldn't. He went to see a rainbow serpent (Kurraj) at 7 Mile Waterhole and asked for it to rain. Then he took off to the high country while rain poured down and inundated the homestead area, washing it away as well as people, cattle and anything on the ground. After a certain time the elder caused the rain to stop and returned to the station, which was to be rebuilt at its current location. The station manager told the elder that he wanted him to help him look at some other country further south. The elder agreed, but knew that he and his men were plotting to kill him. The party set off and the white men asked the elder to collect firewood, which he did, realising it was so much it was being planned to be be used to burn his dead body. When everybody went to bed that night, the elder sang a pelican dreaming song to put the white men into a deep sleep. Then he run away and they never saw him again. The recording end here, but after the recorder was turned off, the story-tellers related that the white men returned to the Aboriginal camp and shot dead the elder's brother as an act of vicarious revenge.
Ronnie Wave Hill tells the story of an Afghan trader who wanted to get some beef from the station (Wave Hill). It was recorded for Kalkaringi CEC Gurindji program by DAC (Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) 4.27 min
We started on the highway near Spice Creek collecting bush tea (pujtilip). Then we went to the other side of the highway looking for 'tirnung' which is the sap of bloodwood 'jartpurru' tree. We couldn't find any. We headed back to Kalkaringi and got some 'lawa' and 'yirrijkaji' from the side of the highway near the first bridge. Afterwards we got some firewood from the side of the Daguragu road in two places.
Curley tells her daughter Anne-Maree Reynolds Namija and Samantha Smiler Nangala-Nanaku stories about the old days.
We started on the highway near Spice Creek collecting bush tea (pujtilip). Then we went to the other side of the highway looking for 'tirnung' which is the sap of bloodwood 'jartpurru' tree. We couldn't find any. We headed back to Kalkaringi and got some 'lawa' and 'yirrijkaji' from the side of the highway near the first bridge. Afterwards we got some firewood from the side of the Daguragu road in two places.
Talking about her life story and Sugarbag (ngarlu) Dreaming. Violet was born at the old Wavehill station (Jinparrak). Her mother and father worked on the station, milking cows and cutting wood. She grew up there with her two sisters and worked on the station herself when she was older. On the weekends her and her family had time to gather traditional foods and hunt. They also held wajarra (corroborree), yawulyu and jarrarta (women's ceremony). She met her husband, Donald, at the station. In 1966, Vincent Lingiari initiated a workers’ strike to protest against the poor conditions of their employment and ultimately recover control of their traditional lands. The Gurindji campaign went on for nine years and resulted in the first successful land claim by an Aboriginal group, which in turn generated further energy for the broader land rights movement. Violet was one of the members of the walk-off group. Her and her husband went to live at Daguragu where they had seven children including Judith, Michelle, Sherina, Timothy, Wally and Rodrick and another child who has passed away. Violet's husband passed away at Daguragu and she moved to Kalkaringi where she lives today. Violet paints her Ngarlu (Sugarbag) Dreaming. This Dreaming comes from her kaku (father's father) and is located at Swan Yard near Limbunya.
We started on the highway near Spice Creek collecting bush tea (pujtilip). Then we went to the other side of the highway looking for 'tirnung' which is the sap of bloodwood 'jartpurru' tree. We couldn't find any. We headed back to Kalkaringi and got some 'lawa' and 'yirrijkaji' from the side of the highway near the first bridge. Afterwards we got some firewood from the side of the Daguragu road in two places.
Recorded at Parlakuna on Wavehill Station Biddy Wavehill is sitting down talking about how they used to keep horses at here in the old station days. Violet is starting to cook the bush bananas in the background. Related media: FM09_v12_5a, FM09_a12_5a
We started on the highway near Spice Creek collecting bush tea (pujtilip). Then we went to the other side of the highway looking for 'tirnung' which is the sap of bloodwood 'jartpurru' tree. We couldn't find any. We headed back to Kalkaringi and got some 'lawa' and 'yirrijkaji' from the side of the highway near the first bridge. Afterwards we got some firewood from the side of the Daguragu road in two places.
Recorded at Parlakuna on Wavehill station. Violet Donald is sitting down talking about how they used to keep broodmares and stallions at here in the old station days. Related media: FM09_v12_5b, FM09_a12_5b

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Erika Charola and Felicity Meakins (1997 - 2009). Item "People's Stories" in collection "Jaminjungan and Eastern Ngumpin". The Language Archive. https://hdl.handle.net/1839/00-0000-0000-0009-8105-B. (Accessed 2024-04-14)

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