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As Aboriginal languages were oral-based, the spelling of Duungidjawu and Duungidjawu language may be differ in historical document and other sources; for example Duungidjawu has also been spelt djunggidjau, dungidau, dungidjau and dunggija.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.

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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. 
English
Duungidjawu
Pronunciation
Arm
Gining
Gin-ing
Blood
Diyir
Dee-year
Body
Djam
Jarm
Bone
Giira
Geer-ah
Ear
Binung
Bin-ung
Elbow
Gulumur
Goo-loom-or
Eye
Miya
Mii-ya
Face
Nguwar
Noo-wah
Finger
Bii
Bee
Foot
Dinung
Din-nung
Forehead
Yiyim
Yii-im
Hair
Kabui
Kar-boo-ee
Hand (left)
Wadangir
Wah-dun-ear
Hand (right)
Djunim
Jun-eem
Head
Maa
Mah
Knee
Buhn
Boon
Leg
Djangar
Jar-nah
Mouth
Dambur
Darm-boor
Neck
Wanda
Wan-dar
Nose
Mii
Mee
Shin/Calf
Buyu
Boo-yoo
Skin
Bem
Beam
Shoulder
Walir
Wah-leer
Stomach
Muu
Moo
Teeth
Diyeng
Dee-ang
 

Learn more about Duungidjawu!

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

Further details

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.
t: (07) 3840 7666            f:   (07) 3842 9126 

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