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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Pulngayit Jangkarni (The Great Flood)
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'Myila na karrawarra, kaarnimpa nyawa. Ngulu pani ngawa-ngka ngulu-rla lirritkarra manani yawu-ma. Paraj ngulu punya nyantu na ngarlaka-ma jik. Kata-nga nyampa-rla-ju, ngarin jartkarraaji, water-snake. Kata-nga nyantu-waju. Might be yapakayi lawirtawirta ngulu pani. Nanta-nginyi. Kampij-nginyi ngulu pani yapakayi.  

'The story starts on the eastern side. (Karrminyjarni is the name of the place.) They were hitting the water and dragging bushes through it to catch fish. Then they saw a head pop up out of the water. Maybe it was something they could eat — a water snake. They thought it was something like that anyway. But they had actually killed a baby rainbow serpent that had just hatched. '(Introduction)

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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. 21-25
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