Wangka Maya linguists Jessica Mathie and Amanda Hamilton have recently returned from a trip to Bellary Springs community outside Tom Price. They travelled there to work with Yinhawangka language consultant June Injie, and together the three of them accomplished two main goals. First, they celebrated the publication of June’s beautiful storybook Gurri watharrigu magaragu: The girl is looking for her little brother. Second, they collected additional information for a future Yinhawangka dictionary.
The book launch was held under the community pavilion in Bellary Springs. June and Jessica gave speeches, and everyone got a chance to admire the book, reading June’s Yinhawangka and English text while appreciating the book’s striking pictures, which were drawn by artist Clint Taylor. Jessica then gave the assembled crowd a peek at an upcoming Yinhawangka project: another collaboration among herself, June and Clint, this time on a bilingual storybook about animals. The IBN corporation then brought and cooked a delicious lunch for everyone. Cecilia Fernandez from IBN in Tom Price was particularly instrumental in making the day a success, and the work that she and her colleagues put in was very appreciated!
Jessica, June and Amanda then spent the next day and a half collecting new information to add to the Yinhawangka database. They talked about Yinhawangka pronouns (words like she, they and me) and demonstratives (words like this and that). Wangka Maya hopes to include this information in a future Yinhawangka dictionary. In the meantime, it will contribute greatly to projects like the animals story.
The Bellary Springs trip was highly successful, and we all look forward to future work on this language!