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Ngurrju Maninja Kurlangu



Ngurrju Maninja Kurlangu

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Nyurnu Yapa Kurlangu; Bush Medicine


Spencer, Jilly Nakamarra; Jampijinpa, Darby; Henshall, Tom


Coulshed, Edith


Robertson, George Jampijinpa


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As above plus Peter Bartlett, Literacy Production Supervisor, Jennie Price, Typist


English; Warlpiri; Warlpiri language C15


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cdu:62821; LAAL_ID:wa0572




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In the o ld days befo r e Europeans came to this country, Abor iginals used the bus h for their source of medicine . Today , when people are sick , they go t o the hospital co be cured and people a r e starting to forget about the Bush Me dicines. Thi s is why we have made this book . It is for Health Workers , school children , and for anyone- else who might be interested, so that the old ways may not be forgotten . If you are out bush, say living on an outstat ion and you get s i c k, you might try bush medicine . It is important that you make sur e you know which plant is which and what sickness you s hould use it for . The plants that appea r in this book were found mainly around Yuendumu, Walkulpu , Lurnpa Kurlangu and Kerridy Creek. However you should be able t o find most of these plants near c r eeks and hills throughout Central Australia . The medicines are easy to prepare and are mainly used as inhalent s , sterilents and liniments . Some barks are used in place of bandages a nd vines can be used to stop bleeding . Some leaves are for smoking , not as cigarettes, but to slow bleeding a nd to hasten healing in childbirth and illnesses . Lastly, some medicines are made to drink and in this case you must be very car eful so as not to poison anyone . Hake sure you have the right plant - ask an old person and wait until you are really s ure because some plants are very poisonou s . Nyurruwi kardiya wangurla wiyi, yapa paturlu .iu kala lu wardupungu watiya manu marna ngurrju manin-ja kurlang1.1 j u . Kala j alangu jalanguj u ngulaju kalu yan i kardiya kur la ngu kurra pan tirnirjarla kajana ngurr ju mani. Yapa paturlu- ju kalu waja-waja manilki nyurr uwiyi warnuju . Nyampuju karna lu yirrarni wiri wiri rnanu kurdu kurduku yungunku- lu pina jarri kajinkili kulkurra kulkurru langu maju jarri. Kala kanpa n yanu n gurrju mani Jungangkul panpa miylyapung- karla watiya japa marna japalpanpa nyanu yirrakarla kajilpanpa miyinta mantarla nyiyarlul - panpa nyanu mapakarla ? Nyampurraju ngula ju n yampu nguru wana jangka Yurntumu, 1