“ 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

Kapi

Water

warku
rock hole with water
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warku-ngka
rock.hole.at
ngarinyi
lying
kapi
water
piti-ngka,
hole-at
nyiinyii-ngku
finch-[doing]
nintilpai.
showing

The finches show where the water is in the rock hole and in the waterhole.
kunata
hail/hailstorm
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kapi
rain
kunata-tjara-ngku
hail-with-[doing].
puyini
falling

The hail is falling.
nyinnga
frost
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kunata
hail
nyinnga
frost
puriny
similar.to
ilkari-nguru
sky-from
patangaranyi
falling.down

Hail is similar to frost, and it falls down from the sky.
yaarka
fog or light shower of rain
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ulparira-nguru
south-from
puyini
falling

(The yaarka) comes from the south.
iili
very fine rain, hardly visible mist rain
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kapi
rain
iili-lu
mist.rain-[doing]
ulparira-nguru
south-from
puyini
falls

The mist rain comes from the south
yurnga
small clouds during winter, smaller than ngangkali
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karu
creek/creekbed
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karu-ngka
creek-in
kapi
water
ngarinyi
lying.down

There is water in the creek.
tjinytjira
claypan
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tjinytjira-la
claypan-in
kapi
water
ngarinyi.
lying.down

There is water in the claypan.
kapi piti
waterholes in flat country
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kapi
water
piti
hole
nyinyii-ngku
finch-[doing]
nintilpai
showing

The finches show the way to the waterhole.
tjulpir
mud
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tjinytjira-la
claypan-in
kapi
water
tjulpir
mud
ngarinyi
lying.down

In the claypan the water is muddy.
tjukula
waterhole
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anangu-ngku
person-[doing]
kapi
water
tjukula-nguru
waterhole-from
tjikini
drinking

The person is drinking water from the waterhole.
ngangkali
rain cloud
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kapi
rain
ngangkalitja-ngku
rain.cloud-[doing]
puyini.
falls

The rain falls from the rain cloud.
wartja-wartja
thin, wispy layer of cloud
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ngangkali
rain.cloud
walata
long
ngarinyi
lying

(It’s like) a long rain cloud.
yau
steady rain
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kapi yau-ngku
steady.rain-[doing]
puyini
falling

The steady rain is falling.