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 report28 Irrarlkem ahernel-anem Fullup-irrentyan anantherr rerrk-warlarl alperlewew, arey-alpew alakenh kwart ament-warl arrpemarl arrernenh alha ament arrpemarl arrernenh. Ahernelan irrarlkeynenh. Alakenh-anyem awank do-emilenhapeny. Wal ratherrap arenh, Alakenh-aymant Akatyerr rernem akaltheyel wenh! Akwerrpel ratherran arenh anwantherarl Akatyerr akngakenh an clean-emilenh anantherr. (Edie Holmes) When we had a large quantity, we went to the dinner camp and it was there that we had a look and separated the yellow ripe fruits from the brown, wrinkly ripe ones. Then we were cleaning them with sand, in the way that was done traditionally. Those two saw it, Ah, thats how they harvest Desert raisins! They didnt know about it before that. We separated out the Desert raisins and cleaned them. (Edie Holmes) Cleaning with sand Close-up of Desert raisin showing sticky coating and tiny hairs on the fruit. Ph ot o by D av id A lb re ch t, A lic e Sp ri ng s H er ba ri um Akatyerr has the sticky stuff and little hairs. Rubbing on the ground cleans them off. The sticky stuff gives you a headache. The hairs on it give you a headache. You feel dizzy. If you clean it you can eat it and that is fine. You get a guts ache but after you clean it that is fine. (Clarrie Long Kemarre, translated from Anmatyerr)

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