“ 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

Walytja

Family

Walytja

Family

walytja
relation/the kinship system
walytja ilatja
close kin
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walytja wanmatja
distant kin
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walkunytjaku
wanting to call someone a kinship name, but not knowing how they are related to you
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walkuni
call someone a relation name to show respect
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Nganantarka

‘we-bone’; ‘our side’: your own generation, all your grandparents’ and all your grandchildren’s side

kuta
older brother
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kangkuru
older sister
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kaku
sister (younger or older)
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malany
younger brother or sister
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pininu
younger brother or sister/the last born of the children
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inyurpa
those you can’t marry, close relations and people that are tjanamilytjan
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wati pikatja
promised husband
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kungka pikatja
promised wife
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tjungutja
spouse
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marutju
man’s brother-in-law
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tjuwari
woman’s sister-in-law
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tjamu
grandfather/grandson
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kami
grandmother/granddaughter
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pakali
grandson
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puliri
granddaughter
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Tjanamilytjan

‘they-flesh’; ‘their side’: your parents’ and children’s side

mama
father/father’s brother
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ngunytju/yaku (E)
mother/mother’s sister
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kuntili
father’s sister
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kamuru
mother’s brother
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malatja
descendants, but also used for younger sister or brother
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katja
son, also used with nephews in a close relationship
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ukari
nephew/niece
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untal
daughter, also used with nieces in a close relationship
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mingkai
daughter-in-law/mother-in-law
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umari
woman’s son-in-law/man’s father-in-law/man’s mother-in-law
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waputju
son-in-law and father-in-law avoidance relationship
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inkilyi
relationship between the two sets of parents-in-law, the relationship between the husband’s parents and the wife’s parents. Also used for grandparents-in-law/grandchildren-in-law
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