The Gurindji people hold a secure place in Australian history. Their 1966 strike for better pay and conditions on the pastoral station that had forced them into indentured labour attracted national interest and became famous as the Wave Hill Walk Off.
Songs of Home celebrates the significance and richness of Indigenous song, and reminds us of the fundamental connections between singing and home. The project has brought together expert singers from Australia and China – Anmatyerr women singers from Ti-Tree in Central Australia, and Kam women singers from Liping county in Guizhou province, China.
Yawulyu have been passed down through many generations of Warlpiri women. In this book, the juju-ngaliya ‘ritual experts’ from Yuendumu, present four yawulyu song series which follow the journeys of a number of ancestral beings across Warlpiri country.
Jirigi Jinda Ardangarri, Burnarri Anja, Diigu Aagala – Birds: tells us the names of birds in Ngarinyin, Worrorra and Wunambal Gaambara languages. The bird’s moiety, and the spiritual and seasonal knowledge associated with some birds gives an insight into the cultural importance of some birds for Ngarinyin, Worrorra and Wunambal Gaambara people.
This CD set contains original field recordings of Warlpiri women’s yawulyu made in 2006. A series of songs from the Minamina, Watiyawarnu, Warlukurlangu and Ngapa yawulyu can be heard on four separate CDs. Associated rhythms, song words, translations, stories and images for these four yawulyu series are presented in Yuendumu-wardinkgi juju-ngaliya-kurlangu yawulyu: Warlpiri women’s songs from Yuendumu. This book and an accompanying DVD are sold separately through batchelorpress.com.