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Ricky Mitchell

Wiimpii Pulkuu-Black Fella Talk

Soundscape
Made in collaboration with Christopher Williams – sound artist
Dimensions variable
 
 
Ricky Mitchell
Wiimpii Pulkuu – Black Fella Talk, 2013
Soundscape made in collaboration with Christopher Williams
Dimensions variable
Photograph: Rob Garrett


This audio project is based on the traditional Marawra Parinji Paakantji peoples’ language which is the language that is spoken around the lower Darling area. You will hear an acknowledgment to country which is “Nguupaa Kiiria Kiiria Waatalabaarna” (Our Country Beautiful Please Come).  You will also hear various bird sounds and the naming in language of those bird sounds.  The birds are: the black crow (Waakoo), the wedge tail eagle (Kiilpaara), the cockatoo (Guutha Guutha Guutha) & the willy wagtail (Chiddy Chiddy). You will hear “Wiimpii Pulkuu” (Black fella talk). It will give you an understanding of a language that is spoken only by a few people, mainly from the Mitchell and Johnson families who have close connections to the land, from the east of the Darling - Pooncarie to Willandra Lakes Region which includes Mungo National Parks, and west of the Darling to Lake Victoria. These areas are very important to the two family groups, the Mitchells and Johnsons; they still today have that connection to their country.  It is where I grew up within my extended family; you will also here my story and of those around me.
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