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Written in his personal local tongue in addition to in English, this is often the autobiography of Monty Hale, a senior Ngulipartu guy from the Pilbara area of Western Australia. A extraordinary account of an indigenous existence, this narrative chronicles Hale’s migration from the wilderness to the station state of the japanese Pilbara, his adolescence turning out to be up on Mt. Edgar Station, Australia’s engagement in international struggle II, and the recognized Pilbara station-worker’s strike of 1946. Deeply own and funny, Hale additionally describes his dating with a girl named Nalma; a union that was once now not permitted by way of their community.

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Nganarna yanayirni Yurtingunyaja kajanikinyiyirni partijirri kaniny bridge-ngi. Warnkurrangu manayirnijaninyi kurtukarrangu wirrirniyirnijaninyi partijirri kaniny ruutungu. Noel-lupa warinyju marrngulu warlinikinyipulu flag. Twelve Mile-ja waraja marrngu kartakarrikinyi partijirri kaniny ruutungu. Ngakamarnayi kunymanakatalu karntijirniyi murtukanga. Mirtawapa pirirri walypilajirri milpanyapulu Yirlirrinyajaja, yanikinyipulu Ngarukarti. Yirrirnipulunganinyi kajanaja, katukarna murtukaja karramarnanganaku, ‘kalyaya, karntijina ngakalamarna ngajumili mirtawa mangarrjarranga yankuliny. ’ Nganarna jama kajanikinyiyirni, Paul yanalu kurrngarnalu pala walypilaku, kulpanya wurrarnanganaku, ‘marr kalyamalayalu, kangkuliny palinymili mirtawa mangarrjarranga karntijina ngakalkuliny. ’ Waraja kunymanakata milpanya, wurrarnanganaku, ‘kalyamalaya, nganiku kajananyurra? Truck milpanyayi kurrngal karangu. ’ Jinta walypilarrangu milpanyiyi manayinganinyi picture-ngapa muwarrja. Yirrku kajanikinyiyirni jamarrangu muwarrmajirri. Kunymanakata pala muwarr muwarrpirni jamajarrinyi. Wurrarniyili kunymanakatanga jintalu walypilalu, ‘ngalyparla kajanayi, munu nganipa jinakayi. ’ Broomeja milpanyikinyipulu Malcolm-pa Merlin, jampa wirlkijarrinyapulu Yurtingunyakarti, yirrirnipulunganinyi murtukapa nganarna marrngurrangu kajanikinyiyirni ruutungu. Pulany milpanyapulu palakarti. Jama kajanikinyiyirni yalinyja parrjanikinyiyirni warrarn. Karangu yirrirniyirnijaninyi kurrngal kunymanakatarrangu. Pala kurilakurnu wararrjirniyijaninyi murtukarrangu katukarnayi. Parrjanikinyiyinganinyi wararrju, mimanikinyiyijanaku truckrranguku. a hundred and fifty We got here from desolate tract lf alterations. indd one hundred fifty 27/02/12 2:44 PM Chapter 7 • Yurtingunya (Strelley), 1973–85 Kurlkarriya, the Noonkanbah dispute In 1980 Mirta and my mamaji and his spouse went north to Kurlkarriya (Noonkanbah Station), the place a mining corporation used to be drilling for oil. fifty four rather than oil they discovered water. The finest, Charles court docket, was once being bloody-minded and made up our minds that the drilling should still pass forward. The marrngu and walypila had a gathering jointly, and the marrngu have been insistent, announcing, ‘This is a sacred website. This zone has men’s company sites’. Mamaji, Mirta, and Steve Hawke,55 all argued with the walypila and the most effective. Bucknall and Gwen and the marrngu lecturers took the entire older childrens from Karntimarta, and we walypila and marrngu took the older teenagers from Yurtingunya, and we went north to Kurlkarriya for a faculty journey. We have been invited all the way down to the river to debate the location. We sat with the local community for the assembly, and talked till the afternoon. the following morning the marrngu and walypila took all of the little ones over to the college the place they met the opposite youngsters and attended sessions with them. The crucial was once a walypila referred to as Les Mack. We couldn’t comprehend the marrngu who lived there as they spoke Walmajarri, and so we spoke to each other in English. Later we went again domestic, leaving yarruwarra there, my older brother and his spouse, and Mirta and Pakarni.

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