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Aherr | Kangaroo

Aherr | Kangaroo hunt

This is a short animated film about a trip out bush to hunt kangaroo, created by young men who were students at Arlparra Secondary School. The animation is done with drawings cut out of paper. The voiceover is in Anmatyerr with a codeswitch to English in a scene where they buy fuel.

Akngwelye ayeye

Doris Stuart tells the story about the wild dogs who created the landscape of Mparntwe. Based on a story told by Basil Stevens in 1988.

Alhetyel kerek | Going hunting

This is a short animated film that shows two women sitting in their camp with their dogs. They decide to go hunting. Dorothy Kemarr Kunoth and Patsy Kemarr Long provide a voiceover in Anmatyerr to animated ‘doll-dolls’ with animations by Arlparra Seconday School students Maxine Ross, Sylvaria Walker, Trephina Loy, Sereda Morton and Roslyn Jones.


Katie Fry describes a place called Ana-milerra, explaining how it was created by the ancestral Goanna spirit and how people used to go there for hunting in the old days. This film is part of a project documenting the artwork of Mick Marrawa England, An-nguliny artist from Gochan Jiny-jirra.

Angkety Kemarr-atherr

This is an animated film with an Anmatyerr voiceover. It is about two Kemarr women who go hunting for goanna with their dogs. They also collect bush medicine plants and make a rubbing medicine from these plants mixed with the fat of the goanna. One of the women treats the other by rubbing her with bush medicine.

Anmatyerr Dictionary Song

The Anmatyerr Dictionary was painstakingly compiled by Jenny Green working with scores of Anmatyerr people over many years. Many of these people are now gone, but their language is recorded in the dictionary for future generations. The dictionary was launched in 2012 at Ti Tree School as part of (link: text: Music Outback’s Mobfest music festival). The song was written and performed by April Campbell, Mal Webb, David Strickland, Jacqueline Freeman and the Ti Tree School children. Filmed and edited by Mobfest. The Anmatyerr Dictionary is published by (link: text: IAD Press).

Arelh map nyent-irrem | All the women get together

In this film April Campbell describes her painting about the women from Angenty. In the painting the women are gathering together to perform and teach ceremonies for their country.

Barlparnarra | The big swamp

This film is part of a project documenting the artwork of Mick Marrawa England, An-nguliny artist from Gochan Jiny-jirra.

Bawáliba | Lucy Yarawanga

Yuparli | Bush Banana

This film was made by Seraphina Presley from Ti Tree and Margaret Carew. It shows the yuparli plant growing after the rain, ready for eating. It is in Warlpiri.

Yawkyawk, mandjabu | Raylene Bonson

Yarripiri travels with a special quality, painted in yellow ochre

Tess Napaljarri Ross explains that as Yarripiri was painted with yellow ochre when he started his journey, he has a special ritual quality as he continues his travels. He had that really special stuff from where he started. The really special one, that karntawarra (yellow ochre). And then he turned himself, he mixed himself into ngurlu (seeds) and ngapa (water) and then he travelled.

Yankirri ’emu’ searching for food

Coral and Tess dance to the song for Miyaka ‘red-flowering kurrajong’, like emus turning their heads from side to side as they search for food.

Woma | Sugarbag

Crusoe Batara England and Thomas Dennis chop down a tree looking for woma ‘honey’. Unfortunately the hive is a new one, so not much honey inside, but Crusoe talks about his memories of his elders harvesting honey in the old days. Filmed at Gochan Jiny-jirra in October 2015.

Winnowing the seeds

Liddy Napanangka Walker dances with her hands as she sings about winnowing the seeds. Then Coral Napangardi Gallagher and Tess Napaljarri Ross dance, showing how the women winnow the seeds.

Wangarra at Gu-gurlgurl

This film is part of a project documenting the artwork of Mick Marrawa England, An-nguliny artist from Gochan Jiny-jirra. The artwork on this page is a detail from Jin-gubardabiya ‘pandanus mat spirit’ with gaparlma ‘freshwater weed’ at Wangarr A-juwana, by Mick Marrawa England.

Wakwak – Crow dance

In this film, Wurrkigandjarr songmen Jimmy Djamanba, Stanley Djalarra, Ad Djulipirri and Raymond Fisher, along with Mikey Gurruwiwi on didjeridu, sing wakwak ‘crow’. Men and women from the Wurrkigandjarr group, and djungkays (Ceremonial managers) perform the wakwak dance. The wakwak dance is an important aspect of mortuary rites and the Wurrkigandjarr perform this at funerals for deceased Djowunga people. It is also performed for other ceremonies such as Marajirri, a public diplomacy ceremony and for japi, when young men are initiated. The background image shows Gary Madjibarrili Smith, one of the lead Wurrkigandjarr dancers. Photo: Margaret Carew

Tyew-warl alhew | Off to the show

This is an animated story about some Alyawarr teenagers who go to the Alice Springs show. The simple pleasures – the rides, fairy floss and hot dogs. Maybe find a fella?

Tyap | Grubs