Unbroken Land

Episode Thirteen – Gumtrees By The River

Water is my dreaming. My ancestors were the rainmakers.” Maureen O’Keefe is a Kaytetye-Warlpiri woman from Ali Curung. She is a dedicated writer living in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. The songs are sung in Kaytetye-Warlpiri by her mother’s sister, Mona and sister-in-law, Winnie. They are from Karlu Karlu (Devil’s Marbles).

The first song is called Yinjiri-jiri and is about the first water that flows… carrying the frothy debris with twigs and leaves and how it then flows clean.

The second song is called Ngapirinjilayi and is about the river gums standing tall on the riverbank, bits of their white bark flaking off and falling into the water, and the trees soaking up the water, making them green.