Maranydjalk Buma Ga

Stingray Hunting

Dhuwandja walu Wirrpaŋu.
This is the time of Wirrpaŋu (the build up). 

Ga maŋandja marrtji manamanapanmirra ga waṉbana. Ga waluny maranydjalkmirra.
The clouds are getting bigger and getting ready for thunder and rain. This is the time that stingray are being born. 

Dhiyaŋ watharryu wurrkiy ŋuli mel ḻakaram maranydjalkmirra walu, ga yäkuny dhuwal wurrkiny wärrkarr.
This White flower tells us that stingray hunting season is coming. This flower's name is Wärrkarr. 

Ŋämaŋamayunmirr djämaw garaw: djäma ga gara.
Getting ready: making the spears 

Napurr ŋuli maḻŋ'maram garany retjaŋura guḻun'mirriŋura wäŋaŋur. Ga yäkuny dhuwal waḏawaḏa ga mandjarr'nydja nhanŋu yindi ga bilkpilk ga ḏoṯurrkthinya.
We find spears in the rain forest near the swamp. This spear tree is called Waḏa Waḏa. It’s leaf is flat on the bottom and looks like a heart. 

Ŋunhi nhuma ga ḻarrum garaw, ga maḻŋ'maraŋ dhunupa ga weyin.
When looking for a spear, find one that is nice and straight. 

Ga gulkthurra ŋoytja ga bukukurr ŋanya garany. Cut the bottom and the top. 
Gäŋun balan wäŋalila. Take it back to camp. 

Djäma gurtha rulaŋdhurra gurthalila bala bathula yurr bilma'pilmaraŋ garany.
Make a fire. Put the spear on the fire and burn the bark, evenly. 

Bala märraŋun garany bala dharpalila rulaŋdhurr bala dhunu-dhunupayaŋun.
Take the spear out of the fire. Put it between a forked tree. Start to straighten the spear. 

Beŋuryiny ŋaṉarrmaraŋun barrwaṉdja bala ganarrthula walulila.
Next, take the bark off the spear. Leave it in the sun to dry. 

Märraŋ ḻurrkun' djimuku ga djiŋdjiŋ. Ga djiŋdjiŋ dhu garrwi'yurr dhuḏi gara. Beŋuryiny djäma nyumukuṉiny' gurthan ga ruḻaŋdhurr dhuḏi djimuku bala gurthalil. Marraŋ djimuku beŋur gurthaŋur waŋgany, waŋgany gorrmur märraŋ bala djuḏup maraŋun dhuḏilila garalila.
Get three steel prongs and some copper wire. Use the copper wire to tie up the end of the spear. Make a small fire and put the ends of the prongs in the heat. Get the prongs off the heat and one by one push the heated end into the spear. 

Ga ŋunhi warrpamnha dhu djimuku ḻirra gärri garalila, rarryurr gapun guyŋarrkuŋun garanhany. Yapmaraŋun djiŋdjiŋdja beŋur djimukuŋurnydja. Ga garrwi'yurra ḏälkuŋ ḻirrany djiŋdjiŋdhu balayi garalila yurr mirithi garrwi'yurr. Ga bulu wutthuwutthurr ga bäy ŋayi dhu ḏälthirr mirithirr. Bala ŋurruny ŋanya garany djinbulkuŋun.
When all the prongs are in the spear, pour water to cool them. Take the copper wire off and round off the edges of the spear shaft tip. Wind the copper wire back onto the spear very tight. Hit the prongs back into the spear until they are in hard. Sharpen the tips of the prongs. 

Gulkthurr Djomula wo Dharraŋgulk ga djäma biḏitj gutjparryunaraw garaw.
Cut a branch of the Casuarina Tree (whistling tree) or Stringy Bark to make a biḏitj (spear thrower). 

Nhe dhu nhämany maranydjalktja märr baṉḏanyŋur. Dharpuŋuny muḻkurr maranydjalknhany dhuḏiŋur. Bili walalaŋ djukurrnydja djinawa walalaŋgal Yaka dharpuŋ djukurrnydja!
You find stingrays in the shallow water. When you see a stingray, spear it in the head. Their liver is in their back. Avoid spearing them in the liver. 

Ŋunhi nhe dhu dharpumany gäŋun baṉḏanylila. Wutthurrnydja muḻkurr marr ŋayi dhu yakan djagadjakayun. Ŋayathul nhokal ḻirray yaŋara maranydjalk. Ga nhokal biḏitjthu ḏimirr yapmaraŋ. Ga burrpurrmaraŋ ḏimirrnydja djinawa'lila munathalila.
When you spear it take it to the edge of the water. Hit it on the head so it stops moving. Grab the tip of it’s tail and hold it in your teeth. Use your biḏitj to get the barb off the tail. Push the barb safely into the sand. 

Ga nhäŋu dhurrwara ŋunhi buthalak minydji ŋunhiyiny djukurr'mirra. Check the stingray's mouth. If the lips are yellow then the liver is fat. 

Gäŋu ga märraŋ weyin raki' märr nhe dhu rulaŋdhun maranydjalk. Djuḏupmaraŋ raki' melkurr ga dhawaṯmaraŋ dhurrwarakurr. Baḏak yan buŋuny bäy nhe dhu dhaŋaŋgum. Bala wäŋalila gäŋu.
Carry a metre of string to tie up the stingray. Put the string through it’s eye and out through its mouth. Keep hunting until you are happy with your catch. Then take them home. 

Ŋunhi nhe dhu wäŋany ŋayatham, wiripuŋunydja dhu yolŋuy gurtha djäma. Ŋäthilmirriyam. Bala gapun rarryun rupalila.
When you get home, someone will get the fire ready. Fill a pot with water. 

Bala yapmaraŋun rakiny' maranydjalkŋurnydja.
Get all the stingray off the string. 

Mitthurra ga märraŋun djukurrnydja beŋur maranydjalkŋurnydja.
Cut all the livers out off the stingray. 

Bala marrraŋun mulkuminydja minydji beŋur djukurrŋurnydja.
Remove the mulkuminy (the green poison in the liver). 

Bala djukurrnydja rulaŋdhurr rupa'lila.
Put all of the livers into a bowl. 

Rulaŋdhurra maranydjalkdja rupa'lila bala gurthalila ga bäy ŋayi dhu ga nhära buḻŋuyirr ŋanak.
Put the stingrays into the pot. Boil them on the fire until the meat is soft. 

Maḻŋ'maraŋ balapala bala rurryurra maranydjalkdja balapalalila.
Find a board or sheet of iron and pour the stingrays onto it. Traditionally, we would cut leaves or paper bark to put on the ground. 

Galkurr bäy ŋayi dhu maranydjalk guyŋarryirr ḻarrmaraŋun barrwaṉdja bala ŋaṉarrmaraŋun ŋanaktja. Bala rulaŋdhurra banikinlila.
Wait a little while for the stingray to cool down. 

Yuwalktja rom napurruŋ napurr dhu dhuwal gulkthun man'tjarr wo ṉäku bala rulaŋdhuna munathalila.
Remove the skin and scrape the meat off. Put the meat in a bowl. 

Ŋunhi nhe dhu dharwar'yundja ŋaṉarrmaranhaŋurnydja.
When you have finished scrapping the meat off the stingrays, pour half a cup of water into the bowl. 

Bala banikinlila rulaŋdhurr, bala ŋomu'ŋumula barrkuwatjkuŋun.
Mix them together. 

Nhokal goŋdhu märrmay ŋomu'ŋumul nhakun mapu'.
Using two hands. Scoop the meat out and make a meatball. 

Bala gapun djalkthurr ŋanakŋur märr ŋayi dhu baṉḏanydhirr ŋanak.
Then squeeze the water out to make the meat dry. Next, put the meat in a clean bowl. 

Märraŋuny djukurrnydja bala manapula ŋanaklila maranydjalklila.
Take the djukurr (liver fat) and mix it with the meat. 

Ŋomu'ŋumul ga bäy ŋayi dhu warrpam' ŋayatham ŋanak.
Mix them until they are one. 

Ga ŋunhiyi walu gurrupanminyarawnha bala ḻukannharawnha. Bukmakku yolŋuw ŋunhi walal marrtji gurruṯumirriwnha malaw gurrupanaraw.
It is time to share stingray with family and to eat together. 

Mmm, marrkapmirr maranydjalk dhäkay!
Mmm ,stingray taste yummy! 

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