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Gulf country songbook : Yanyuwa, Marra, Garrwa and Gudanji songs / Yanyuwa, Marra, Garrwa and Gudanji families with Karin Riederer
Bib ID 7011362
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume, videodisc]
Riederer, Karin, photographer
Description Borroloola, Northern Territory : Waralungku Arts, 2015 
v,105 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps, music, colour portraits ; 23 x 29 cm + 1 DVD and 1 audio CD. 
ISBN 9780646936383 (hardback)
Technical Details

System requirements to view DVD: DVD or PC with a DVD drive and a multimedia player. 

System requirements to listen to CD: CD player or PC with a DVD drive and a multimedia player. 

System requirements to listen to songs using QR and sound codes: QR reader App, Jackal sound reader. 

video file : DVD video 

audio file : CD audio 


The songs, stories and images in this book, and the accompanying CD and DVD, contain traditional knowledge of the Yanyuwa, Marra, Garrwa and Gudanji peoples, published with the consent of senior knowledge custodians.

Full contents
  • Book: Introduction
  • Yanyuwa, Marra, Garrwa and Gudanji: the languages of this country
  • How to read and listen to the songs
  • Song composers and performers
  • Radio Documentaries
  • Glossary
  • To learn more
  • Maps
  • Yanyuwa songs
  • Marra songs
Credits Gulf Country Musecology co-producers: Karin Riederer and Patrick McCloskey. Gulf Country Songbook project manager: Karin Riederer.  Composers: Dinah Norman a-Marrngawi, Annie Isaac a-KarrakaynRoddy Harvey a Bayiwuma, Short Friday Babawurda, Pyro Dirdiyalma.  Yanyuwa song transcriptions and translations: Yanyuwa families with John Bradley and Leanne Norman. Yanyuwa song explanations and biographies of Yanyuwa Old People: John Bradley and Yanyuwa families.  Mara song transcriptions: Fannie Yilayi Harrison, Betty Roberts, Salome Harris and Greg Dickson. Marra song interpretations: Fannie Yilayi Harrison, Violet Hammer, Jacob Riley and Robert Hammer.  Garrwa song transcriptions and translations: Thelma Dixon, Maureen Timothy, Marjorie Keighran, Nancy Kidd, Ilana Mushin and Karin Riederer.  Garrwa Mararabarna song transcriptions, translations and interpretations: Thelma Dixon, Hazel Godfrey, Maureen Timothy, Marjorie Keighran, Shirley Simon, April Peter, Daphne Mawson, Angeline Balanjimarra, Nancy Kidd and Karin Riederer.  Gudanji song interpretations: Adrianne Miller, Topsy Green, Katie Baker, Peggy Mawson, Elizabeth Lansen and Allan Baker.  All other text written with senior members of participating families by Karin Riederer. Song rhythym transcriptions by Philip Adgemis. Language map concept and design by Heidi Riederer based on information provided by John Bradley and Karin Riederer. Yanyuwa saltwater map with locations provided by Dinah Norman, Mavis Timothy, Leanne Norman and John Bradley, and drawn by Leonie Richards; underlying map is courtesy NT Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.  DVD Audio engineering and mastering of songs by Jeremy Conlon, Left of Elephant sound.  DVD Film direction and production by Scott Welsh: film editing by Scott Welsh and David Hansen, The Perfect World.  DVD Stills photographer: Benjamin Warlngundu Ellis Bayliss.  DVD Post production support: Tom Dick - Southern Cross University.  DVD transcriptions and translations: John Bradley.  DVD aerial footage: Paul Barden.  Radio documentary production by Joanne Miller, Lynette Lewis, Marlene Timothy, Rhonda Hammer, Leanne Norman, Liam Maza and Karin Riederer.  Cover images of country (top to bottom) Yanyuwa (Milrila), Garrwa (Calvert River), Gudanji (Bukulara Range), Yanyuwa (Limmen Bight tidal region): Paul Barden except Calvert River: Paul Edmonds.  Endpaper images: Sandy Edwards, Benjamin Ellis Bayliss and Karin Riederer.  Consultants: Dinah Norman a-Marrngawi, Roddy Harvey a Bayiwuma, Jemima Miller a-Wuwarlu, Jemima Miller Yulama, Leonard Norman Wungunya. 
Performer Performed by: Dinah Norman a-Marrngawi, Jemima Miller a-Wuwarlu, Roddy Harvey a Bayiwuma, Marjorie Keighran Managirri, Billy Miller, Joanne Miller, Lorraine Miller, Leonard Norman Wungunya, Clinton Daylight, Tomy Friday Wambarirri.  Appearences by: Joanne Miller, Kurtly Harvey, Karin Riederer, Billy Miller, Leonard Norman Wungunya, Patrick McCloskey, Latrell Norman, Chandrika Norman, Mishak Charlie and David Barrett. 

DVD/audio CD: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this publication may contain images and voices of deceased persons.

The book also contains QR codes for each song, and sound symbols which can be used with a Jackal sound reader to listen to the songs.

Includes bibliographical references.

Financed by McArthur River Mine Community Benefits Trust, Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Centre, Waralungku Arts, Northern Territory Government, Ethos Global Foundation, Southern Cross University, Community Broadcasting Foundation Ltd

Yanyuwa, Marra, Garrwa and Gudanji (songs), English (text)

Digital content preserved

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Gulf of Carpentaria Region.  |  Songs, Aboriginal Australian -- Northern Territory -- Borroloola.  |  Yanyuwa (Australian people) -- Songs and music.  |  Marra (Australian people) -- Songs and music.  |  Garrwa (Australian people) -- Songs and music.  |  Gudanji (Australian people) -- Songs and music.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Songs and music.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs -- Social life and customs.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Languages.  |  Land rights - Claims, disputes, hearings.  |  Music - Vocal.  |  Gurdanji / Kurdanji / Gudanji people (C26) (NT SE53-07)  |  Garrwa / Garrawa / Garawa people (N155) (NT SE53-08)  |  Gurdanji / Kurdanji / Gudanji language (C26) (NT SE53-07)  |  Yanyuwa / Yanuwa people (N153) (NT SE53-04)  |  Yanyuwa / Yanuwa language (N153) (NT SE53-04)  |  Garrwa / Garrawa / Garawa language (N155) (NT SE53-08)  |  Mara / Marra people (N112) (NT SD53-11)  |  History - Biographies - Indigenous.  |  Mara / Marra language (N112) (NT SD53-11)  |  Music - Vocal - Clan songs.  |  Borroloola (N.T.) -- Songs and music.  |  Gulf of Carpentaria (SD53, SD54, SE54)  |  Australian
Terms of Use DVD produced with the consent of the knowledge custodians. Dealing with any part of the knowledge for any purpose that has not been authorised may breach the customary laws of the Yanyuwa people and the Copyright Act 1968. 
Copyright information DVD ©2013. 


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