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Lyrics originally written and sung by my daughter Jane Bieundurry in the
Wangkatjungka language, which I then translated into Walmatjarri. A hunting song where women, men and children go out hunting for our bush foods.

lyrics

Yanany parlipa, kuyiwi, jaa miyiwu yanany parlipa.
(We are going for meat and food, we are going)

Yanany parlipa, yanany parlipa.
(We are going, we are going)

Marnin jaa piyirn jaa yapa, yanany parlipa.
(Women and men and children, we are going)

Yanany parlipa jarrampayiwu, karntiwu yanany parlipa.
(We are going for goanna, and for yams, we are going)

Yanany parlipa, yanany parlipa.
(We are going, we are going)

Marnin jaa piyirn jaa yapa, yanany parlipa.
(Women and men and children, we are going)

credits

from Heroes & Laments: Walmatjarri Stories, released April 1, 2015
Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Knight) - Vocals (and harmony), Percussion
Produced: James Newhouse

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Olive Knight Saint George Ranges, Australia

Olive, from the small and remote community of
Wangkatjungka. A Walmatjarri woman born in the desert, Olive Knight’s traditional name is Kunkuwa. She remembers nullanullas thumping the bare earth, clap sticks and boomerangs, and the rhythmic songs of her forefathers. Now working on her second album, Olive has a vision to see her people heal and believes music is an integral part of this process. ... more

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