Songs of Western Arnhem Land Australia
Group represented Aboriginal people of Western and Southern Arnhem Land from various different linguistic and clan groups, mostly resident in the communities and outstations of Minjilang, Kunbarlanja, Bulman, Warruwi, Barunga, Wugularr and Weemol. Music of other Aboriginal people whose languages originate outside the project area were also recorded if the occasion arose.
Languages represented in the collection include most of the Gunwingguan and Iwaidjan languages as well as languages from the neighbouring Daly, Rembargic and Yuulngu language families, English and Kriol, together with untranslatable 'spirit languages' used extensively in songs throughout the project area. Gunwingguan family: Bininj Gun-wok (Bininj Kunwok) (dialects Kunwinjku, Kuninjku, Kune, Kundedjnjenghmi and Mayali); Kun-barlang; Dalabon; Iwaidjan family: Amurdak; Garig-Ilgar; Iwaidja; Mawng (Maung); Wurrugu; Manangkardi; Marrgu. Yuulngu family: Dhangu; Djambarrpuyngu (Djambarbwingu, Jambapuing, Jambapuingo); Djinang; Galpu; Gumatj;Jawoyn; Daly family: Batjamalh (Wogait, Wagatj, Worgait, Wadjiginy); Emmi (Ami); Marri Tjevin (Marritjevin, Marri Tjabin, Maridjabin); Mendhe (Manda, Menhdhe); Murrinhpatha, (Murrinh-patha, Murriny Patha, Murinbata, Gariman); Rembargic family: Burarra (Burada); Ndjébbana; Rembarrnga. Tiwi.
ISO 639-3 Language Codes: amg, wdj, gnp, bvr, ngk, dhg, djr, dji, amy, eng, dhg, ilg, gnn, gnp, ibd, jpn, djn, rop, wlg, gnp, gnp, gnp, gnp, znk, mhg, mhg, zmj, mph, mph, gnp, zma, gnp, mwf, djj, pjt, rmb, mis, tiw, und, wbp, wur
Deposit history Materials recorded and transcribed by the research team mainly 2006-2009, with additional documentation of previous recordings of the relevant songsets.
Other information With the exception of one case, the songs and discussions about them are public and can be heard by anyone, although the dissemination of information about them needs to be approved by the composers and their inheritors (if composers are deceased).
Resources online and curated