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Title: Waranygu Bayalgu - Digging for Food
Written By: Dora Dann
Edited By: Vaso Elefsiniotis
Description:

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.

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

Ph : (08) 99643550
Fax: (08) 99644690 email: linguist@yamaji.com.au

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Yamaji Language Center
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Wajarri
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1875661085
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 69 including glossary, appendix and inde
Prices: $25 AUS