Territory Stories

Angka Akatyerr-akert



Angka Akatyerr-akert

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A Desert raisin report


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This material was collected by the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages Project between 2013 and 2021. The project was led by Charles Darwin University in partnership with the Australian National University and the Northern Territory Government and funded in part by the Australian Research Council.; Copyright held by individual storytellers, individual photographers and their organisations


Alyawarr speakers from Ampilatwatja, Fiona Walsh and Josie Douglas; Authors approved upload to LAAL via email 18/05/18; This book may contain photos of people who have passed away.


Alyawarr language C14


Instruction; Australian lanuages; desert raisin; LAAL; Alyawarr; Bilingual education resources; Alyawarr language C14; Aljawarra; Alyawarre; Iliaura; Aliawara; Aliwara; Aljawara; Alyawara; Ilawara; Iliama; Iljauara; Iljawara; Illiaura; Illura; Illyowra; Ilyauarra; Ilyowra; Jajuwara; Yalyuwara; Iliaura; Ilja:wara; Iljaura; Ilyaurra; Ja:wara; Aljawara; Ilaurainya; Udnla; Ilyuarra; Alyawarra; Aliawara; Alja:wara; Alyuwara; Illaura; Iloura; Ilyawara; Ilywara; Jaljuwara; Yalyuwara; Alyawerr; Alja:wara; Alyawarri; Arandic

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Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

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Alice Springs

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cdu:61782; LAAL_ID:al0014




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Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre



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13Angka Akatyerr-akert: A Desert raisin report Awank-akerr ilpatilenh mwerrantarey? ilkwantarey ilpatileyaw! Apmelerr anewantherraw. Akerew. Arlewatyerrew. Amern Akatyerrew. Amern anatyewanem. Rap anaty lyapenh ntharl-anem ra aylpenh ilpatelan ra aylpenh. Akatyerr arnkengeny arrpemarl anenh an arlewatyerr atwenh ilpat-itwewan. Alakenh awankan ilpatileyartingkerr. Arwerl amern pwetyareny anenhenh arnkengeny. (Edie Holmes) Long ago they would all burn the ground and it was accepted. They would all do it it was our custom. We would burn the ground for game and for Desert raisins and for yams. The bush potato tubers would grow on the burnt ground. There would be a lot of Desert raisins and a lot of goannas. That is how we would always burn the country. A lot of bush tucker would grow there then. (Edie Holmes) Apangwlenh Arrwekeleny-rnem kwatyek iterrenh. Kwatyarlap rernem akngerrilenh. Artwa ampwernem alhenh aknganenty-warl. (Banjo Morton) Making rain The old people thought about rain. They made rain. They would go to a sacred site and make rain. They would sing the correct songs. It was the Kemarr and Pwerl skin group who would sing those songs. The old men would go to a sacred site. It was the initiated men and they would take younger middle-aged men and teach them. The main sites were around Elkedra. After making rain the trees and grass would grow. (Banjo Morton) Rain clouds forming over Ampilatwatja

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