Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics


Jardiwanpa yawulyu | Warlpiri women’s songs from Yuendumu

Batchelor Institute and Batchelor Institute Press are proud to present Jardiwanpa yawulyu: Warlpiri women’s songs from Yuendumu

By: Coral Napangardi Gallagher and Peggy Nampijinpa Brown, with Georgia Curran and Barbara Napanangka Martin

Cover image: Jardiwanpa Jukurrpa (Ancestral Snake Dreaming), 2009, by Connie Nakamarra White, acrylic on canvas, reproduced courtesy of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation. Copyright the artist. The artwork features the Jardiwanpa designs, particularly the yarripiri ‘inland taipan snake’ central to this Dreaming.

The Jardiwanpa ceremony celebrates the journey of Yarripiri, an ancestral inland taipan snake, on a journey northwards through Warlpiri country. This book is about the song series sung
 by Warlpiri women from Yuendumu in preparation for this important ceremony. Two senior Warlpiri women, Peggy Nampijinpa Brown and Coral Napangardi Gallagher, tell the stories associated with these songs so that younger generations of Warlpiri people can learn about this important part of their cultural heritage. The book includes the rhythmic structures, words and interpretations for each song, and further depict their significance with accompanying photographs of women in performance and associated images of animals, plants, artefacts and places. The book is produced with a CD recorded in 2006.

To order a copy of the book, please contact Batchelor Institute Press

Phone: (08) 8939 7352

This book has been produced with the technology of sound printing. On each song page there is an icon that indicates
a code embedded in the page. If you have access to a ‘speaking pen’ you can point the pen to the icon and a recording of the song will then play.

This project was proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government. We also acknowledge the ongoing support of Australian Government’s Indigenous Languages Support Program, auspiced by the Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics at Batchelor Institute. The project was supported by PAW Media and Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu.

Georgia Curran’s PhD research on Warlpiri songs was supported by the Australian National University.

Design and layout: Bruderlin-MacLean Publishing Services

Printing and soundcoding: Printing Asia – Australia

Thankyou to PAW Media for hosting the book launch for the Jardiwanpa Yawulyu book.

Background image of this page: View of Waylililnpa by Liam Campbell.