LINGUIST List 14.1947

Wed Jul 16 2003

Books: Lang Desc, Wajarri: Dann, Elefsiniotis (ed)

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Message 1: Waranygu Bayalgu - Digging for Food: Dann, Elefsiniotis

Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003 13:54:35 +0000
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Subject: Waranygu Bayalgu - Digging for Food: Dann, Elefsiniotis

Title: Waranygu Bayalgu - Digging for Food

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Yamaji Language Center
Availability: Available
Author: Dora Dann, (Aboriginal Elder) 
Editor: Vaso Elefsiniotis				

Paperback: ISBN: 1875661085, Pages: 69 including glossary, appendix
	 and index, Price: $25 AUS
Waranygu Bayalgu ~ Digging for Food is a bilingual book about bush
tucker, medicine and tool making plants from around the Byro Plains
region of Western Australia.

A unique book, Waranygu Bayalgu recalls the traditional uses of plants
and animals, methods of preparing foods and anecdotal stories from Mrs
Dora Dann's childhood, in English and Wajarri, the traditional
language of the Murchison. This is a story that began 12 years ago on
a field trip back to the home country, Byro Station. Stories and
photographs collected on the journey have been beautifully presented
in this full colour book, with illustrations by local Wajarri artist
Narelle Simpson.

Mrs Dann recalls the ways her grandmother used to prepare foods and
medicines, and how her grandfather made tools, what she saw as a
child, balu mayunggugundi nyanya.

Waranygu Bayalgu is the most comprehensive Wajarrri text published to
date, with a full wordlist included. Mrs Dora Dann is one of the last
speakers of the Byro dialect of the Wajarri language. This book is
very important for language maintenance and survival and will be
useful to anyone interested in Wajarri language, culture, food and
medicinal plants.

Ordering Information:

 Yamaji Language Centre
 PO Box 433,
 Geraldton, 6531,
 Western Australia

 Ph : (08) 99643550
 Fax: (08) 99644690
Lingfield(s): Language Description
Subject Language(s): Wajarri (Language Code: WBV)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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