Yuupurnju a Warlpiri song cycle documents a ceremonial song cycle situated within the traditional Kurdiji 'shield' ceremony, as sung by Warlpiri Elder, Henry Cooke Anderson Jakamarra, at Lajamanu, Northern Territory, in 2013.

Henry Cooke Anderson Jakamarra was a senior Warlpiri knowldege holder who lived in Lajamanu community, maintaining and teaching traditional Warlpiri knowledges.

The song cycle relates to a women's Jukuppra Dreaming narrative and tells the story of a group of ancestral women on a journey across the country. Jakamarra performed the songs, recorded by Carmel O'Shannessy, to make them available to the Warlpiri community and the wider public.

Yuupurnju: a Warlpiri song cycle includes:

  • the words of the songs in Warlpiri
  • interpretation in English, as given by the singer, Jakamarra and Warlpiri Elders, Jerry Patrick Jangala OAM, Wanta Steven Patrick Pawu-Kurlpurlurnu Jampijinpa and Steven Dixon Japanangka
  • musical notation by musicologist Myfany Turpin
  • photographs and illustrations for each song
  • a foreword by two senior custodians, Jerry Patrick Jangala OAM and Wanta Jampijinpa.

Format: softcover, 102 pages

ISBN: 9781743329481

Size: 252x172x10mm

Weight: 396g

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