Kurpaliny Bessie Doonday, Tuntayi Bill Doonday, Nangalaku May Doonday
Kurpaliny Bessie Doonday, Tuntayi Bill Doonday, Nangalaku May Doonday - Barrumundi Dreaming [ORAL HISTORY]
Synopsis: on mini DV cassette: CHAMIA SAMUELS (also contains Bessie May and Bill Doonday and Evelyn Clancy) a. Bill continues story of two emu chased by two dogs that eventually formed part of Paruku (with Bessie) b. Bessie shows their journey and the places they created on the Paruku map a. May tells the story of how barramundi ended up in the east kimberley after starting at Paruku b. Bessie adds to Barramundi story. Bill droving to Wyndham
Art centre(s): Paruku Indigenous Protected Area
Language spoken: English, Walmajarri
Catalogue number: CSROH_161B_May_Doonday
Translated By: Monique La Fontaine
Location Recorded: Billiluna
Cultural Protocols: Public Access - Restrictions on Use
Notes: This transcript appears to be truncated early.
Full transcript: Nangalaku May Doonday: Which one that fish one?
Monique La Fontaine: Yes ladies one.
Kurpaliny Bessie Doonday: Yes already talked about that one.
NMD: Long time ago in the Dreamtime, they used to live old people in the lake, one day they saw a flood coming down from the river, they saw lots of fish coming down. All kind of fish, crocodile, shark and barramundi fish and one of them bird he was like a watchman, we call ‘em jalka, he’s a big white great egret and he saw those fish went for this place and he was inviting those fish. He was putting little fish one side and took those other fish back.
He said, ‘That’s strange that fish not belong to this place, too big, it’s just making a noise’, so they took that fish and he take him with his beak, right up to Kununurra somewhere and he dropped that fish, yeah. And now we got little fish, yuway walja.
NMD: That’s a story for kids.
MLF: Yuwah walja, is that a ladies Dreaming?
KBD: Yeah .
NMD: Yeah, they got that Dreaming.
MLF: Turkey Creek got the same Dreaming.
KBD: That for the grandmother was for me Lulu, Megan, Leanne and Leonard … my brother. Trevor and Kevin, that one and Alison. That Dreamtime story they been take him down from … Ngawaiji (father’s mother), from that area now. What’s this place? From Labalany [?] that fish, see.
MLF: That’s a great story. And Bill did you ever work as a drover, were you droving or working on a station?
KBD: Yeah he was working younger, long time, yeah, Billiluna.
MLF: You been droving when you were young?
Tuntayi Bill Doonday: I never go droving. Yeah Wyndham … I was droving, yeah, on this side, territory.
MLF: So you didn’t drove on the Canning Stock Road?
TBD: No. I never drove.
MLF: Any more story you wanna tell him?
Video format: on miniDVD/DVD
Video recording: 152 BESSIE MAY, BILL DOONDAY, AND EVELYN CLANCY, CHAMIA SAMUELS
Rights: Cultural Owner & Storyteller: ; © FORM, transcript only
Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, KALACC, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.