“ 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

Tjulpu tjuta

Birds

ilitja
messenger bird
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ilitja
messenger.bird
wangkanyi.
calling.out
Tjingguru
Perhaps
yanngatja tjuta
strangers
ngalya-yananyi
towards.here-coming

The messenger bird is calling out. Perhaps strangers are coming.
kaanka
crow
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ngura-kutu-na
a camp-towards-I
kunari
wagging.tail
kunari
wagging.tail
kulpangu
came.to.camp

I came to the camp, wagging my tail from side to side.
tjalpunytji
black-faced woodswallow
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ngalya
forehead
maru
black
paluru
it

It has a black forehead.
aralapalpal
crested pigeon
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kurparu
magpie
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ikarka
spotted bower bird
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kurtjal
swan
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iranti
type of black cockatoo
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manpi
wild pigeon
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iriyulta
duck
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mirily-mirily
superb fairy wren
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itatura
black kite
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kirkin
small hawks, like goosehawk, kestrel, chickenhawk
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kirkin-tu
hawk-[doing]
tjulpu
bird
kutjupa tjuta
others
ngalkuni
eating

The hawk eats other types of birds.
nganamara
mallee fowl
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itirki tjaru-tjaru
masked lapwing
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patil-patil
Port Lincoln ring-neck parrot
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kakalyalya
white cockatoo
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piil-pil
honey-eater
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kiyar-kiyar
galah
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tiil-tiil
magpie-lark, Murray magpie
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tirun-tirun
rainbow bee-eater
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tjintir-tjintir
willie wagtail
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ikarka (2)
red wattle bird
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luun
kingfisher
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mungka-ngka
night-at
nyinara,
sitting.down
munga-ngka
night-at

They are sitting down in the night and calling out.
tjulily-tjulily
mulga parrot
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tjiltjiltji
budgerigar
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walawuru
wedge-tailed eagle
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pinytjun/mina
bird’s nest
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nyii-nyii
zebra finch
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nyii-nyii-ngku
finch-[doing]
kapi
water

The finches are showing where the water is.
parul/nganuti
bush turkey
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parul
bush.turkey
manta-ngka
ground-on
pinytjun
nest
tjunanyi
putting

The bush turkey makes its nest on the ground.
kuurkur
boobook owl
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kuurkur
boobook.owl
punu
tree
yultu-ngka
trunk-in
nyinanyi
staying

The boobook owl stays inside the tree trunks.
piiwi
an owl, similar to kuurkur or tjurki but not nesting inside trees
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piiwi
owl
mina-tjara
nest-with

The piiwi has a nest.
tjurki
an owl (Australian owlet nightjar, with nests inside tree trunks)
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tjurki
white.faced.heron
kapi-ngka
water-in
ngaranyi
standing

The white-faced heron is standing in the water.
taparangu
white-faced heron
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taparangu
white.faced.heron
kapi-ngka
water-in
ngaranyi
standing

The white-faced heron is standing in the water.