Duungidjawu body parts
Duungidjawu is the name of one of the languages spoken in the Upper Brisbane River Catchment, extending from Caboolture to Moore. There are shared words between Duungidjawu and neighbouring languages of Kabi Kabi to the east and Wakka Wakka to the west and north.
Much of what we know about Duungidjawu has been provided by Uncle Willie McKenzie, also known as Gaiarbau. L P Winterbotham interviewed Gaiarbau in the 1950s and his manuscript provided valuable cultural knowledge on Duungidjawu and neighbouring groups in the region.
As Aboriginal languages were oral-based, the spelling of Duungidjawu and Duungidjawu language may be differ in historical document and other sources; for example Duungidjawu has also been spelt djunggidjau, dungidau, dungidjau and dunggija.
The following list identifies parts of the body and their suggested pronunciation.
Download Duungidjawu body parts (PDF 62.0 KB)Note: the following list should be seen as a guide only; there may be several variations in spelling and pronunciation. Check with local language speakers/custodians as to the preferred local pronunciation.
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Uncle Willie McKenzie stories were recorded and written – State Library has a copy of the Gaiarbau Story by L.P. Winterbotham as well as Uncle Willie McKenzie's Legends of the Goundir.
For further information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages at the State Library of Queensland, please contact:
Queensland Memory, State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place, South Brisbane Qld. 4101.
PO Box 3488, South Brisbane Qld. 4101.
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