Arabana (Arabunna)

Archival Resources

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  • The story of Old Man Thudnungkurla [by Anonymous. Transcribed by Luise Hercus (1997)]

  • Language elicitation, narratives, conversations and stories. [by Peter Kenneth Austin (1975) (Many similar materials are available from AIATSIS) AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 04000 - 04003; 06112. Field tape numbers: D31-D35. Personal recollections of speakers; grammatical elicitation; narratives and texts.]

  • Language elicitation, songs and narratives. [by Peter Kenneth Austin (1975) AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 03765 - 03771. Field tape numbers: D 21-30. Narratives, conversation, language elicitation and texts in languages from South West Queensland, North East South Australia, and Western South Australia; songs in Dieri and Yarluyandi, including some mission Songs.]

  • "River Peake Tribe" in The Folklore, Manners, Customs, and Languages of the South Australian Aborigines VIEW HERE [by Frederick Born (1879) Approximately 60 words. This material is available at the State Library of South Australia, Barr Smith and other libraries in Adelaide. ]

  • Aboriginal bird names - South Australia (Part 1 & 2) [by Herbert Thomas Condon (1955) Bird names in Aranda, Pitjantjatjara, Gugada, Antakarinya, Mirning, Wirangu, Yankunytjatjara, Wailbi, Wiljagali, Narangga, Kaurna, Ngadjuri, Bungandidj, Yawarawarga, Potaruwutj, Narrinyeri, Kujani, Yadliyawarra, Parnkala, Warki, Arabana, Dieri, Wangganguru, Ngamini, Nawu, Ngayawung, Nugunu & Ngalea. The wordlists have been taken from various other sources. This material is available at the State Library of South Australia and others.]

  • DECS. 2004. Arabana Years R-10. Adelaide. Department of Education and Children’s Services. []

  • DECS/Arabana Community. 2005. Arabana CD-Rom. Adelaide. Department of Education and Children’s Services. []

  • DECS/Arabana Community. 2005. Teacher’s Guide. Adelaide. Department of Education and Children’s Services. []

  • ELKIN, Adolphus Peter. 1938. Kinship in South Australia. Oceania 8,4: pp.438-452.  [This material is available at the State Library of South Australia, Barr Smith and other libraries in Adelaide.]

  • ELLIS, Arthur Maxwell. 1968. Antakirinya, Arabana and Arrernte songs recorded at Port Augusta. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 01315 – 01317. Field tape numbers: M68/17-22.]

  • ELLIS, Catherine Joan. 1966. Dead Man series and Kangaroo, Euro and Wallaby songs. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive tape number: 00143. Field tapes: M66/4 and M66/5. Performer/Speaker: Tim Allen. Place recorded: Oodnadatta. ]

  • ELLIS, Catherine Joan. 1966. Songs and discussion. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive tape number: 00143. Field tapes: M66/2 and M66/4. Performer/Speaker: Tim Allen. Place recorded: Oodnadatta.]

  • ELLIS, Catherine Joan. 1964. Aboriginal songs of South Australia. Miscellanea Musicologica (Adelaide Studies in Musicology) 1. Pages 137-190. [This material is available at the State Library of South Australia and the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide.]

  • ELLIS, Catherine Joan. 1963. Songs recorded at Port Augusta. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive tape number: 00197. Field tape 10, 14. Access: Some restricted material - ceremonial and gender specific. Performer/Speaker: Billy Mungie, Alex Woody, Tommy Campbell, Bob Finke, Tom Bagot, Lame Paddy, George Kemp; Place recorded: Port Augusta. Arabana Grasshopper song.]

  • ELLIS, Catherine Joan. 1964. Tapes (mostly songs) Aranbunna 2 cassettes. Also Field notes on tape recordings of Aboriginal songs made in 1962-63. Adelaide, Libraries Board of South Australia.  [Songs with free translations, performers; Arabunna (Maree); All tapes numbered with detailed explanations. This material is available at the State Library of South Australia and AIATSIS sound collection.]

  • FERNANDEZ, Luistxo. Aboriginal Languages (Arabana-Wangkangurru) Information, including placenames. Based on Hercus' 1994 grammar (listed below). VIEW HERE []

  • HALE, Ken. 1958-1960. Language elicitation, narratives and songs from Arnhem Land NT, Western desert, South Australia, Central Australia, and North Queensland. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 04512 – 04629. Field tape numbers: 701.7.1.17; 701.11.1.1-5; 701.13.1-8; 701.14.1,1(a); 701.15.1-3; 701.16.1-3; 701.20.1.1; 701.29.7.1-9; 701.29.9.1-12; 701.29.10.1-11; 701.13.1-4; 701.29.13.1-4; 701.29.18.1-6; 701.29.19.1-30; 710.29.20.1-2; 701.29.23.1-3; 701.29.26.4; 701.29.27.1-6; 701.29.58.11; 701.29.59.3-4; 701.29.62.1-9; 701.29.64.; 1-7. Grammar and vocabulary elicitation, including animals, tenses, questions and answers, adjectives and narratives]

  • HALE, Ken, 1934-2001. 1959. [Arapana field notes]. Oodnadatta 1959. [AIATSIS MS 871.]

  • HELMS, Richard. 1896. "Anthropology". Report of the Elder Scientific Expedition, 1891. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia volume 16, part 3, pages.237-332.  VIEW HERE [This material is available at the State Library of South Australia and the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide.]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 113 Arabana wordlist  [IAD Sourcebook. Vocabulary, 8 kB, about 160 entries. ASEDA.]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 238 Machine-readable files of Arabana and Wangkangurru vocabulary  [Vocabulary: 29 files, 960 kB, 2485 entries. ASEDA.]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1965-1967. Songs and language elicitation from South Central Australia and Victoria. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 01002 – 01010. Field tape numbers: 21(39-47),101-2;110-112; 116-119. Some tapes are restricted due to ceremonial material. Wergaia words and phrases; Wadi Wadi and Nari Nari words; Wangganguru fire myth; Wandji Wandji corroboree; Madi Madi and Wemba Wemba words and phrases; carpet snake history song with explanations; Gujani story of two poisonous snakes; Wangganguru hawk, fish and kingfisher boys histories with some songs; desert sparrow boy and emu;]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1965-1970. Songs, mythology, language elicitation and oral history. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 02001 – 02126. Field tape numbers: 2-12, 15-16, 18-26, 40-57, 61, 63-66, 70-75, 77, 80, 86-100, 104-107, 113-114, 130-136, 138-143, 154, 156, 159-176, 178, 183, 188-191, 194-206, 212-215, 219, 221-231, 234-240, 253-255, 257, 259, 261-269, 274-284, 288, 297, 299-314, 317-331, 341-342 and 345-348. Some tapes are restricted due to ceremonial and gender specific material. Rain history, kinship terms and Arabana Rain cycle with Mick McLean; group conversatio]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1965-82. Language elicitation, cultural narratives and songs from SA, NSW and southwest QLD. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 09889 – 10051. Field tape numbers: 13-14, 17, 58-60, 62, 67-69, 76, 78-79, 81-85, 101-103, 108-112, 115-119, 121-129, 144-153, 155, 157, 177, 179-181, 192-193, 217-218, 220, 233, 241-252, 260, 270-273, 289-296, 298, 315-316, 343-344, 710, 729-730, 732, 819, 821-827, 851-858. Some restricted material - personal and ceremonial. Language elicitation, songs and cultural discussions with Mick McLean; Jack Long; Toby Mason; Alice Oldfield; Topsie McLean; Maud]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1966. Arabana language and songs. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 00283 – 00285. Field tape numbers: 21-58, 59, 60.]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1967. Wangganguru and Arabana language elicitation. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive tape number: 00436. Field tape number 68. Performer/Speaker: Mick McLean. Place recorded: Port Augusta.]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1967. Wangganguru, Arrernte and Arabana songs. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive tape number: 00438. Field tape numbers 69 and 76. Performer/Speaker: Mick McLean; Place recorded: Port Augusta. Arabana and Malkara songs.]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1967-1968. Stories, songs, language elicitation and oral history. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 01326 – 01328. Field tape numbers: 120-123, 179-180. Journey through Peake and Denison Ranges and discussion of sites in the area; stories and songs relating to the country; Wonganuru language elicitation; Maljangaba language elicitation.]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1967-1969. Stories, histories and songs. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 01364 – 01369. FT Nos 83-84, 124-127, 144-147, 220. Language elicitation; songs; customs; history and stories relating to various areas; discussion of totemic system and marriages; discussion of sites.]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1968. Conversation and songs from the Port Augusta/Maree area of South Australia. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 01616 – 01617. Field tape numbers: 151-153. Access to archive tape 01617 is restricted – gender specific material.]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1968-1970. Language, stories and songs from various places. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 01818 – 01822. FT Nos 157, 192, 193, 260, 296, 298, 315, 316. Rain history from Arabana country; words and phrases in Arabana and Wongaibon.]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1969. Language elicitation. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 02130. Field tape numbers: 232. Arabana and Wangganguru language elicitation. HERCUS, Luise. 1969. Transcription of Tapes NS.146-7 The crane (part of the fish history); Discussion on Arabana dialects; Geography of the lower Macumba (with interlinear translation); Story of green-ant and bull-ant).]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1969. Transcription from tape NS148. [Further explanations of story of Mierantana well, giving original with literal interlinear translation; explanations of word usage in Arabana & Wongganguru, place names & free translation at intervals through text; concludes with story of Man from Mudlada (Smithfield).]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1970-72. Discussions and language material from Western NSW and areas between Port Augusta and Maree. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 02349 – 02388. Field tape numbers: 349 – 426. Vocabulary - body parts, clever men, water, fire,kinships, weapons, dreams; story about a dingo; bush tucker; story of stars and Milky Way; porcupine story; rain history; grammar.]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1971. Arabunna and Wangkangurru Traditions: The Warrana of Lake Eyre. Oceania volume 42, number 2, pages 94-109. [This material is available at the State Library of South Australia and the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide.]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1971-1972. Stories and Language material. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 02550 – 02567. Field tape numbers: 427 – 462. Story of the echidna; vocabularies and grammar; kinship terms; discussion of dialects; explanation of the seven sisters history; songs.]

  • HERCUS, Luise Anna. 1994. A Grammar of the Arabana–Wangkangurru Language, Lake Eyre Basin, South Australia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. Series C-128. [2484 entries. This material is available at the State Library of South Australia and the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide.]

  • HOWITT, A.W. 1904. The native tribes of south-east Australia. London, Macmillan. VIEW HERE [Contains a few words. This material is available at the State Library of South Australia and the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide.]

  • KEMPE, E.C. 1895. Peake Station (SA) vocabulary. [Approximately 200 words. Held in the Tindale Collection, SA Museum. Identifier: AA 338/9/1/2.]

  • MENNING, Kathleen. 1981. Sourcebook for central Australian languages. Edited by David Nash. Alice Springs, NT. Institute for Aboriginal Development.  [Includes 150 word list.]

  • MILLWARD, M. 1965. Arabana language elicitation [with Maudie Lenny]. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 00873 – 00874. Field tape numbers: 1-3. ]

  • MILLWARD, M. 1965. Arabana language elicitation continued from Marree. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive tape number: 00873. Field tape number 2. Performer/Speaker: Maudie Lenny Place recorded: Marree, SA. Interview with Maudie Lenny begins at 28:06.]

  • MILLWARD, M. 1965. Arabana language elicitation from Marree, SA [with Maudie Lenny]. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive tape number: 00873. Field tape number 1 (Contains vocabulary, sentences and verbs.)]

  • MILLWARD, M. 1965. Arabana language elicitation from Marree, SA [with Maudie Lenny at Marree, SA]. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive tape number: 00874. Field tape number 3. General Note: Contains copy of Hercus South Coast material (Track A, 00:00-14:45). General Note: Side B (00874B) is blank. ]

  • MOUNTFORD, C.P. Sound (mostly songs): Disc 4 (Side 7 Adnyamathanha, Arabana); Disc 19 (Side 37 Arabana/38 Aranda, Arabana, Adnyamathanha). [Mountford-Sheard collection, State Library of South Australia.]

  • O'GRADY, Geoffrey. 65 Arabana wordlist [Vocabulary: 1 file, 6 kB, 101 entries. ASEDA.]

  • O'GRADY, Geoffrey N., VOEGELIN, Charles Frederick & VOEGELIN, Florence Marie. 1966. Languages of the world: Indo-Pacific fascicle six. Anthropological Linguistics Volume 8, number 2, pages 1-197. []

  • O'GRADY, Geoffrey N. 1967. [Language elicitation.] [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive tape number: 00688. Field tape OG102. Language elicitation in Arabana with Alf Jepp (Port Augusta, SA).]

  • O'GRADY, Geoffrey N. 1958; 1960; 1967. Language elicitation and songs from WA and SA. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive numbers: 00686 – 00689. Field tape numbers: OG V,XIX,XVII, XLVI, L, XLVII; 101-105 Recorded in part around Port Augusta – extent of language content unknown.]

  • O’GRADY, Geoffrey N. & KLOKEID, T.J. 1969. ‘Australian Linguistic Classification: a plea for coordination of effort’. [Contains 100 words recorded in the 1960s. This article is available at the State Library of South Australia, Barr Smith and other libraries in Adelaide.]

  • PARRISH, Lucy. 1980. Arapana word list (transcribed from Hale's field notes into practical orthography by L. Parrish, corrected by Hale). 3pages. Institute for Aboriginal Development, Alice Springs. []

  • SHAW, Bruce & GIBSON, Jen. 1988. An Aboriginal History of the Oodnadatta region: Invasion & succession. Report prepared for the Oodnadatta Aboriginal Housing Society and the Aboriginal Heritage Branch. Adelaide, S.Aust., Dept. of Environment and Planning. Glossary pages 190-201. []

  • SCHEBECK, Bernhard. 1999. English-Arabana finderlist [This Finderlist draws together the vocabulary from two works by Luise Hercus - the manuscript 'Arabana-Wangkanguru vocabulary' (1989-1999) and the work published by Pacific Linguistics 'A grammar of the Arabana-Wangkangurru language Lake Eyre Basin South Australia' 1994. This material is available at the Languages and Multicultural Resource Centre (LMRC).]

  • SCHEBECK, Bernhard. 1965. Conversations in Wangkangurru and Arabana. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive tape number: 00029. Field tape 7. Performer/Speaker: Alec Edwards, Johnny Reece, George Murray; Place recorded: Marree.]

  • SCHEBECK, Bernhard. 1965. Conversations in Wangkangurru, Diyari, Arrernte and Arabana. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive tape number: 00028. Field tape 5. Restricted access - personal material. Performer/Speaker: Mandy Reece, Alec Edwards, Catherine Edwards, Johnny Reece, George Murray; Place recorded: Marree.]

  • SPENCER, W. Baldwin & GILLEN, Francis James. 1899. The native tribes of Central Australia. London: Macmillan. 645-657. VIEW HERE [Glossary of native terms used. This material is available at the State Library of South Australia and the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide.]

  • TODD, C. 1886. "Peake Telegraph Station". In CURR, E.M. The Australian race: its origin, languages, customs, place of landing in Australia and the routes by which it spread itself over that continent. Melbourne. Government Printer: Volume 2, pages 10-11. VIEW HERE [This source is not very reliable. This material is available at the State Library of South Australia and the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide.]

  • TREFRY, David. 1965. Antikirinya, Arabana and Dieri language elicitation. [AIATSIS sound collection. Archive tape number: 00180. F/T 1-2. Performer/Speaker: Harry Brodie, Maudie Lennon, Gracie Warren, Alec Edwards; Place recorded: Copley, SA, Marree, SA.]

  • WARREN, John. 1886. "Strangway Springs". In CURR, E.M. The Australian race: its origin, languages, customs, place of landing in Australia and the routes by which it spread itself over that continent. Melbourne. Government Printer: Volume 2, pages 110-112. VIEW HERE [This material is available at the State Library of South Australia and the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide.]

  • WARREN, John & HOGARTH, John. 1886. In CURR, E.M. The Australian race: its origin, languages, customs, place of landing in Australia and the routes by which it spread itself over that continent. Melbourne. Government Printer: Volume 2, pages 16-17. VIEW HERE [This material is available at the State Library of South Australia and the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide. ]

  • WILKINS, David P. & PETCH, Alison. 1997. Glossary of Aboriginal words in the Gillen-Spencer correspondence. In MORPHY, Howard, MULVANEY, John & PETCH, Alison. "My dear Spencer: the letters of F.J. Gillen to Baldwin Spencer". Melbourne: Hyland House. pages 487-533.  [This material is available at the State Library of South Australia and the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide. ]