Territory Stories

Kaja-ngarna Punyuk-kaji



Kaja-ngarna Punyuk-kaji

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Bush medicine


Donald Nanaku, Violet; Wavehill, Biddy Nangala; Oscar Nampin, Josephine; Charola, Erica


Meakins, Felicity


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






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Based on the video produced by Erica Charola.; This book may contain photos of people who have passed away.


en; Gurindji; English; Eastern Gurindji language C30


Instruction; LAAL; Gurindji; Bilingual education resources; Eastern Gurindji people C30; Eastern Gurindji language C30; Gurindji; Kuurrinjtji; Gurinji; Kartangarurru; Korindji; Kurintji; Malngin; Tjial; Wandjira; Coorinji; Corringi; Garundji; Goarango; Guirindji; Gurindzi; Gurrinji; Guurindji; Koorangie; Kooringee; Kwarandji; Kwaranjee; We arr ung; Gurindgi

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Diwurruwurru-Jarru Aboriginal Corporation

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cdu:42072; LAAL_ID:ca0131


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

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Diwurruwurru-Jarru Aboriginal Corporation



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Kupuwupu Nyawa-ma yuka-ma kupuwupu. Ngurnalu kamparnana boilembatparla. Ngulu payanana kukijkarra yapayaparlu, ngurnayinangkulu jayingana kulyurrkap-kaji-wu. This grass is kupuwupu. We cook this, we boil it and the kids drink it. We give it to them when they have a cough Ngapuk punyu nyawa-ma. Lemon-marraj kartiya nyamurla lemon kuya-marrajparla, ngapuk payanana nyawa-ma yuka-ma. This one smells good. It is like the lemon grass white people have. It smells like that when you smell it. Kupuwupu ngunalu tarl panana ngumpittu-ma. Ngunayinangkulu taruk manana, ngunayinangkulu jayingana kukijkarra kuyany-ma yuka-ma marntaj. We Aboriginal people call it kupuwupu. We bathe people and give it to them to drink, this kind of grass and then theyre good.

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