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WARDAMAN WORDS IN RENEWING WOMEN'S BUSINESS


The following Wardaman words need to have some consistency so that they can be taught the spelling - we are also planning an educational DVD so this is vitally important - Many of the spellings from Francesca's Wardaman Vocabulary written in 1990 are different from more recent publications and different from Web sites for Wardaman and Bill Harney.

binji stomach
bunjan white ochre
bulanin period
bulin bulin hawk
Bunnanggai ya clan country
Gandawal mother kangaroo
Gin.gina Lily's bush name
girribug (pronounced girribook) pheasant coucal
Gorondolmi Rainbow Snake from Dreamtime
gulbun Moon's seman
gulgan chicken hawk
gumbij clapsticks
Ingallari creek which runs to Aroona creek from near Walabuna site
Ingelledi same creek
Jabadee old woman from Jiggaigarn clan country
Jalijbung, the Dreaming place of Nimira Gandawag's six wives
Janama male skin for Mumendadguni males, right (straight) skin for Nawala
Jarrugja waterhole place where Gorondolmi laid her eggs
Jiggaigarn clan country
jirri pink iridescent clay
jorlborrman or jorbolman butcherbird
Malaga old man
Maralabena spiritual woman
marbun cut marks on skin another word for womens' cuts on skin
marrgi vulva or vagina
margarrlala white feather
milirri yamstick
Madburrongo (sounds like Mudburrongo) Dreamtime Creation Dog (thought to be thylacine)
Mudgiwun my daughter Pauline bush name
Mulurru old woman, JD has written Murlulu or Muloolu
Mumendadguni clan country
Muy Muy clan country
Myralala waterhole in Mumendadguni country where everyone camped for mordu
Nabajiji Queenie's 'bush name'
nabulu milk
Narwala female skin name
Nardi night sky spirit
nidbun cicarda
Nimirra female skin name
Numbin female skin
warrija crocodile
yabba circumcision
Yidugun mother-in-law
yijor sub incision
Yimidunni female skin from Nimira
Yimij male skin for Basil or from Yiwalari skin
Yimmima Lily's second mother or second wife of Jimmy Wurrguru
Yirrmillimin stranger people from Murin Batah country
Yiwalari Moon's skin and straight skin for Nimira
Yualanjarri mother-in-law of Moon, Gandawag or
Yungarri old man from Jiggaigarn clan country
yunumburrgu male kangaroo

 

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