Territory Stories

Angka Akatyerr-akert



Angka Akatyerr-akert

Other title

A Desert raisin report


Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages Project; PublicationNT; E-Books






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

Place of publication

Alice Springs

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cdu:61782; LAAL_ID:al0014




Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial International 4.0 (CC BY-NC 4.0)

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Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre



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Angka Akatyerr-akert: A Desert raisin report22 Alakenh-anyem rernem akalthenhanem, rlwartlenh Nhayman atha ilem angka atharl arenh awank, mam atyenhel atha arenh Akatyerrarl akenh. Wal akenh, irrka angernenh ra, Akatyerr-rnemanem ra atantheynenh, intert-antey, arrerneynenh irrkewarl. Ampweretyenh irrkewarl anyent-warl antey. Ikwer-theyan, rerneman Akatyerr ingkerr pullapirrew rernem thing-anem ingkety-anem rtnenh ra. Ingkety-anem rtnenh, atnemel arrernelhemel. Rap ingketyelan angwenhilenh, internem ra akalthenh ra irrkitwew-antey. Ikwer-theyan interneman akelhewan Akatyerrant-anem aynteyelpew. Yanhan arlengarrwarlanem arrernenh aympernenh-anem alakenhanem akalthenh-anem irlwartilenh. Anthelk-rneman ra iweynenharl. Alakenh-anyem-then rernem awankan ilenh. Atha arenh mam atyenhelarl inenh Akatyerr alakenhanyemarl. (Edie Holmes) Picking and processing fruit in the early days I will tell this story about long ago when I saw my Mum harvesting Desert raisins. Well, she used to pick them and then dig a hole and then poke at the fruit which still had stalks attached and then put [the fruit] all together into one hole. After she had filled up the hole she would stand, leaning on her digging stick. Using her feet, she would break off the fruit from their stalks. After the stalks had broken off, there would only be fruit in the hole. Then she would separate the fruit in a coolamon and clean the fruit. Then she would throw away the trash. That is what they used to do in the early days. I saw my mother doing that process. (Edie Holmes)

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