Birr Nganka Nyikina: The Source of Nyikina Language

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Colleen Hattersley
Madjulla Incorporated, Sep 5, 2014 - Aboriginal Australians - 292 pages
Book. 292 pages. Full colour. Dictionary of Nyikina, an Australian language of the West Kimberley, WA. 2014 entries arranged alphabetically, in categories and as an English finder list. Also contains grammatical information, details about kinship and story & song and a quick lookup section for technical terms and grammatical paradigm tables. Features ilustrations by Nyikina artists especially Butcher Joe Nangan.

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About the author (2014)

1944 Sydney Australia. Educated in Sydney, Broken Hill and Canberra. E Course teacher training in Rabaul PNG in 1964, BA in Australian Studies 1999. Interests are Oral History and documenting minority languages. Interviewer for Bringing Them Home oral history project and instrumental in realising publications by Madjula Inc., Broome, WA.

Born Udialla Station, West Kimberley approximately 1938-1940. Registered by Tindale and Birdsell in 1953. Nyikina Elder, cultural advisor, first language speaker, tireless language worker. Mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Would like to have been a social worker if formal education had been open to her.

Nyikina Elder, songman and holder of cultural knowledge. Documented in Joe Nangan's Dreaming by Joe Nangan & Hugh Edwards, 1976, Thomas Nelson (Australia) Limited.

Nyikina speaker, language consultant, artist, mother and grandmother.

Nyikina woman, artist, Broome, WA.

Professor of Linguistics, Yale University, USA.

Linguist, Broome, WA.

Matriarch of Derby area for all residents. Language and culture advisor, consultant for many who come seeking information - legal, medical, cultural, local. Born on Mount Anderson station around 1933, lived under 'The Act' and was at the forefront of the changes that came after the equal wages determination. Her story is told in 'Reflections of a Kimberley Woman', Madjulla Inc., Broome, WA, 2004.

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