Here is an old Kunwinjku children's reader from 1973 by Hannah Mangiru, Rachel Maralngurra and Meryl Rowe. Drawings by the brilliant artist Namerredje Guymala.

Bonj

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Ngalwakadj Jill Nganjmirra and Ngalkangila Seraine Namundja made a video about magpie geese eggs and the season with which they are associated (artwork by Jill Nganjmirra, subtitling by Andy Peart). Key terms from the voice-over appear in the subtitles and are provided for children learning to read and write in Kunwinjku.

 

Bonj

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manberrk

Mahni manberrk.

This is savanna woodland.

Kamarrang Nabarabba kaburdebme kunak kamarnbun.

Kamarrang Birdibob is twirling a fire stick to make fire.

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Antidesma ghaesembilla 1
Antidesma ghaesembilla 2
Kudjewk wanjh karrimang mandjurlukkumarlba.
'In the wet season we get mandjurlukkumarlba berries.'
 
It's now the season for mandjurlukkumarlba berries (Antidesma ghaesembila). In Kuninjku they are called mandjurlukkurn. In Kundjeyhmi they are called andjurlukkumarlba and in Kune they are djurlukkurn.
Kuninjku people near Mumeka like to get these berries at this time of year at Bilindje on the Mumeka to Maningrida road on the Tomkinson flood plain.
The plant also has a nickname called kunjkurlba which means 'kangaroo blood'. That's because the old people used to use the juice as part of kangaroo sorcery to hunt kangaroos. They sprayed the juice on to kangaroo tracks on the ground and eventually the legs of the kangaroos would become arthritic and lock up, making it easier to spear them.
Learn about your local foods, learn how to say their names, look after them.
photos by Gary Fox
bonj
that is all