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

Publisher name

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 report4 How this report was made This report is based on trips by Alyawarr people to collect Desert raisin, seeds and other bush foods. These trips were from 2006 to 2008 and were with Edie Holmes, Jilly Holmes, Angelina Luck, Eileen Bonney, Denise Bonney, Polly Mills, Joyrene Holmes, Evan, Kanisha and Garrick Teece. There are some quotes from Banjo Morton, Alby Bailey, Casey Holmes and Frank Holmes recorded by David Moore for this research and also the Alyawarr Picture Dictionary. Some photos from work with Lucky Morton and others from Urapuntja Clinic, Arlparre and Arnkawenyerr have been used too. We have included quotes from Anmatyerr woman, Clarrie Long of Ti Tree because she adds details that were known to Alyawarr people but have yet to be recorded. Some of the words in this report are records of what people talked about on the trips and others are about things we saw. The report has been set up to follow the steps taken to manage, harvest and prepare Desert raisin (Akatyerr). There is some information about seeds (ntang) because people also collect and sell seeds too. Ph ot o by D av id A lb re ch t, A lic e Sp ri ng s H er ba ri um

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