“ 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

Ilkari

The sky

ukaralya
Seven Sisters
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Wapar
Dreaming.story
kungka ukara tjuta
young women
yankunytja
going

(This) Dreaming story (is about) a group of young women travelling.
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.
piilyuru
scales from the sky Similar to snakes, the sky sometimes sheds its scales: small white and soft particles that stick to things.
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piilyuru
scales
ilkari-nguru
sky-from
patangaranyi,
falling
piriya
warm.wind
wangkanytjala
blowing

During the hot season, scales sometimes fall down from the sky.

piilyuru
scales
ilkari-nguru
sky-from
patangaranyi,
falling
piriya
warm.wind
wangkanytjala
blowing

During the hot season, scales sometimes fall down from the sky.

piilyuru
scales
ilkari-nguru
sky-from
patangaranyi,
falling
piriya
warm.wind
wangkanytjala
blowing

During the hot season, scales sometimes fall down from the sky.
ilkari
sky/heaven
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piilyuru
scales
ilkari-nguru
sky-from
patangaranyi
falling

The scales are falling from the sky.
kililpi
star
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llkari-la
sky-in
kililpi tjuta
stars
mular
truly
nyinanyi,
being
munga-ngka
night-at

At night there are stars in the sky.
tjukal
Milky Way
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tjukal
milky.way
wati
man
ngarinyi
lying.down
munga-ngka
night-at
ka
whereas
kalaya
emu
pupanyi
crouching

In the Milky Way a man is lying down at night, whereas the emu is crouching.
tjintu
sun
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tjintu
sun
pakani
rising

The sun is rising.
pira
moon
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kala
light
munga-ngka
night-at
nyakunytjaku
in.order.to.see

At night (the moon shines) a light so that one can see.
tjutirangu
rainbow
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tjutirangu-ngku
rainbow-[doing]
wangkanyi
speaking
kapi
water
wiyaku
ending

The rainbow is saying there’ll be no more rain.
tjuntal
small, fast moving clouds
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tjuntal
small.clouds
kapi-tjara
water-with
wiya
no

The tjuntal have no water.

tjuntal
small.clouds
kapi-tjara
water-with
wiya
no

The tjuntal have no water.
nagngkali
rain cloud
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kapi
rain
ngangkalitja-ngku
rain.cloud-[doing]
puyini
falls

The rain falls from the rain cloud