“ 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

Ngura

Home / camp

ngurangka nyinanyi
staying in camp / being at home
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ngura-ngka-la
camp-in-we
nyinanyi
staying

We are staying in camp.
waru
rock wallaby
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uwa,
yes
ngayulu
I
nyuntumpa
for.you
waru
firewood
atulku
will.chop

Yes, I’ll chop some firewood for you.
kanku
brush hut/shade
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puu-ngka
sticks-with
tjanpi-ngka
grass-with
palyani,
making
parka
leaves
likara
bark
tjunanyi,
placing
munu
and
manta
earth

(They make kanku) with sticks and with grass, narrow leaves and bark are placed (on it), and earth.
kalani
lighting a fire
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waru
fire
kalala!
light!
Kapi
rain
pala
that
ilaringanyi!
getting.closer

Light a fire! The rain is getting closer.
putja piltir
dry grass
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putja piltir-angka
dry grass-with
waru
fire
kalani
lightning

Lighting a fire with dry grass.
kala
flame
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nyaa,
what
waru
fireplace
nyaratja
over.there
kala
flame
ngaranyi?
being

Is there a flame burning in the fireplace over there?
yuu
windbreak
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wanyu,
hang.on!
pala-ngka
that-at
yuu
windbreak
tjura!
put!

Excuse me, could you make the windbreak right here?
puyu
smoke
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puyu
smoke
palatja
that
kuru-ngka
eyes-in
tjarpanyi
entering

The smoke is coming into the eyes.
waru unu
ashes
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nganana
we
unu
ashes
mananyi
getting
mingkul-ku
wild.tobacco-for

We are getting ashes to mix it with wild tobacco.
kampanyi
burning
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nganana
we
yurinytja
moving around
wiya,
not
panya
you know
tjina
feet
kanpaku
will burn

We are not moving around, you know (otherwise) our feet might get burnt.
ipa
warm ground near the fire
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ngayulu
I
ipa-ngka
warm ground-at
ngaringu
was lying down

I was lying down in the warm ground next to the fire.
ngarinyi
to lie down
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palatja
that one
anku
asleep
ngarinyi
lying down

He is lying down sleeping.
ankuringanyi
going to sleep
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ngayulu
I
ankuringanyi
going to sleep

I am going to sleep.
inkanyi
inging/playing/laughing
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anangu tjuta-ngku
people-[doing]
inma
song
inkanyi
singing

The people are singing a song.
nyinanyi
sitting
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tjitji
child
manta-ngka
ground-at
nyinanyi
sitting

The child is sitting on the ground.
wakani
stab, spear
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iriti
long ago
tjana
they
punu
stick
irira
sharpening
tjapu
small
wakanimgi,
were piercing
wayuta
possum
pantu-ngka
skin-at
mantara
claok
wakaningi
stitching

In the old days they were piercing possum skins with small, sharp sticks, they were stitching cloaks.
piltini
drying
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tjana
they
mingkul
wild tobacco
kalpi
leaves
piltini
drying

They are drying wild tobacco leaves.
manguri
women’s headband
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manguri
headband
kata-ngka
head-on
tjunanyi,
putting
munu
and
mimpu
bowl
tjunanyi
putting
manguri-la
headband-on

They would put the headband on the head, and then the bowl on the headband.
kulpanyi
returning home
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