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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Karukany (Mermaids)
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'Tintapa-kari-warla ngurna-nga yurrk malu,  karukany-parningan nyamu warrkuj mani. Mani nyamu ngawa-ngka jintaku-lu ngumpit-tu. Yanani ngu nyila-ma ngumpit-ma manungka-ngarna, nyantu-wariny. Yanani ngu yangkayangkarrp kankula-parla yangkayangkarrp yanani ngu yangkayangkarrp parluk-parni, pamarra-ngarna wumara-la yangkarrp. Aaaa. Ngurra-ngkurra wart. Yalanginyi-ma tirrip as marntaj yangkayangkarrp-ma nyila-ma yangkarrp na. 

'Another story I am going to tell you, is about mermaids. It's about one who got taken from the water by a man. He was single and he used to go hunting by himself. One day he was out in the high country, looking around for rock wallabies first. Then he went back home. The next day he went hunting again. '(Introduction)

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Language: English , Aboriginal Gurindji AIATSIS ref. (C20) (NT SE52-08). Mirror of 9910589. One to be deleted by JH.
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    y separately published work icon Yijarni : True Stories from Gurindji Country Erika Charola (editor), Felicity Meakins (editor), Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2016 9469367 2016 selected work prose Indigenous story

    'On 23 August 1966, approximately 200 Gurindji stockmen and their families walked off Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory, protesting against poor working conditions and the taking of their land by pastoralists. Led by Vincent Lingiari, this land-mark action in 1966 precipitated the equal wages case in the pastoral industry and the establishment of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. While it is well known that the Walk Off was driven by the poor treatment of Aboriginal workers, what is less well known is the previous decades of massacres and killings, stolen children and other abuses by early colonists. Told in both English and Gurindji, these compelling and detailed oral accounts of the events that Gurindji elders either witnessed or heard from their parents and grandparents, will ignite the interest of audiences nationally and internationally and challenge revisionist historians who question the extent of frontier battles and the legitimacy of the Stolen Generations. ...' (Source: AIATSIS website)

    Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2016
    pg. 13-20
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