Video of Solomon Ganawa discussing his Mirrijpu 'seagull' songs (in Manangkarri song language) with his wife Naomi Ilakkilak and Isabel Bickerdike. Solomon also sings some of the Mirrijpu songs along with previous recordings.
Australia, Western Arnhem Land, Warruwi
Bickerdike Isabel, O'Keeffe (videographer, interviewer), Ilakkilak Naomi (speaker), Ganawa Solomon (speaker, singer)
Mawng (maung , formerly spelt maung is an iwaidjan language spoken on goulburn island and the adjoining mainland by around 150 people; it is still being learned by children. it is fairly close to iwaidja, though not mutually intelligible with it.), Kunwinjku (kunwinjku is one dialect of the dialect chain now generally know as bininj gun-wok; other main varieties are kuninjku, gundjeihmi, kune and kundedjnjenghmi. the language belongs to the gunwinyguan family which includes around 10 languages of the arnhem land escarpment region. it is widely spoken as a lingua franca in western arnhem land, and - taking all dialects together - there are around 2,000 speakers, more than half of whom speak it as their first language.), English (english is the national language of australia. however for people in aboriginal communities it is often a second or third language.), spirit language (a generic term for all non-human languages used in songs and usually said to be revealed to singers by various kinds of paranormal beings or experiences.)
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