“ This language belongs to
this country, the Wapar ”
Shannon Kanytji, Mimili Maku artist and traditional owner.
Wapar is the Yankunytjatjara word
for Ancestral or creation stories

Anangu

Western Desert language-speaking Aboriginal person

Tjitjinguru tjilpiringkunytja

From childhood to old age

tjittji piltir
new born baby
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tjitji tjapu
small child
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tjitji maral
crawling baby
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matja tjapu
little girl
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ula tjapu
little boy
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ukara
teenage girl
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tjitji nyitayira kungkatja
teenage boy
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nyiinka
‘bush boy’
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wati wanngu
young man, initiated man before marriage, ‘youngfella’
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wati minu
recently initiated male
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wati
initiated man/man
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kungka
woman
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kungka wampa
old woman
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wati tjilpi
old man
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Body and Emotions

Body and Emotions

kata uru
head hair
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kata
head
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yunpa
face
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ngalya
forehead
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kuru
eyes
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kuru mimpu
eyebrow
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kuru nyinpiny
eyelash
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mulya
nose
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mita-mita
cheek
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nguku
inside of cheek
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mita-mita
inside of cheek

inside of cheek
pina
ear
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tjaa
mouth
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tjaliny
tongue
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katiti
teeth
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tjalyi/wita
saliva
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winpinpi
lips
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ngutu
chin
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kantja/ngankur
beard
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liri
throat
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ngunti
back of neck/nape
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tjana
upper back–between shoulders (also general term for ‘back’)
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witapi
lower back but not as low as mutju
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mutju
lower back
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tjuni
belly
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mana
bottom
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ipi
breast
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ngarka
chest
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yampil
shoulder
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ngakuly
armpit
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mina/yari
arm
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nyiku
elbow
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mara
hand
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waku
right hand
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tjampu
left hand
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piri
fingernail
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tjirara
lower leg/ leg generally
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tjunta
upper leg/ thigh
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muti
knee
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tari
ankle
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tjina
foot
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pantu
skin
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mutu-mutu
short
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walata
tall/long
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nyurka-nyurka
skinny
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anangu pulka
big body, overweight
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tunngani
limping
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kuriri-kuriri yananyi
staggering
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puriny yananyi
walking slowly
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Wai?

How are you?

iluru-iluru
sad
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pukul
happy
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piiwiyaringanyi/pantu kuyaringanyi
ashamed/shy
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urukulini
thinking about something / “funny in the tummy”– worried
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mirpan
angry
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mirpanarinyi
getting angry
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pikati
aggressive
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paku
tired
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pakuringanyi
getting tired
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pukul-pukul ngaranyi
getting excited
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ngulu
scared
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nguluringanyi
getting scared
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mulyara
sulky
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rapa
confident
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