(Cloud) 1 Coming From the East
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. The cloud - wujun - is coming in
from the east. It's really smooth. A big blowing wind
is bringing it in. The cloud is pointing to places and
naming those places. The sea eagle is following the cloud.
The seagulls are rising up toward the cloud and crying.
(Cloud) 2 Raining
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. The cloud is raining. It's pointing
to the seas and islands and rocks and lands of the various
clans and raining on them. It's like a mystery, the rain
coming down and pointing to different peoples' places.
(Cloud) 3 Water is Calm After Storm
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. The water is now calm. It's glassy
after the rain.
(Dolphin) 1 Slowly Through Calm Water
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. The dolphin - guykarri - is swimming
through calm water after the rain. He's going slowly.
(Dolphin) 2 Leaping Out of Calm Water With Djarrak
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. The dolphin is leaping out of the
calm water. It's heading towards the rocks at Yirrkala.
It's crying for the spirit people. Djarrak the crested
tern is circling the dolphins and riding on the dolphin's
back, riding him, in and out of the water around Bremer
Island. The dolphin separates.
(Dolphin) 3 Crying And Lost
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. One dolphin comes north toward Arnhem
Bay. The dolphin scares small fish and the seagull away
by swooping and diving into the water. The cloud is sitting
in the sea in the dry season. The wind is blowing, the
cloud forms into a spear pointing at country, the dolphins
are crying for each other, wondering where they are and
where they are going. The dolphins represent people singing,
people reminding each other of each other, like people
crying at ceremony. The dolphins represent freedom for
Yolngu people. Young people listen and understand what
we mean to each other.
(Rough Seawater) 1 Tide is High
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. This song is about a sort of seawater
- rulyapa. It is very rough. The tide is high. It's pushing
against the rocks deep in the water on the seabed. Waves
are crashing and bubbles are rising.
(Rough Seawater) 2 Tide is Low
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. The tide is low now. It's rough,
creating bubbles as it crashes against the beach.
(Driftwood) 1 Floating on Calm Glassy Water
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. The sea is very calm now, like glass.
This song is about driftwood - wuduku - floating on the
calm glassy water.
(Driftwood) 2 Floating And Moving With the Tide
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. The water is going up and down with
the tides. The driftwood is floating on the water.
(Sooty Oystercatcher) 1 Flying High Looking Down Crying
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. Gathaka - the sooty oystercatcher
- is flying high in the sky, looking down. It's crossing
to the island. It's crying Gathak, Gathak, Gathak.
(Sooty Oystercatcher) 2 Diving For a Fish
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. The sooty oystercatcher is diving
from high in the sky, diving for a fish on its way to
1 Crested Tern is Singing Out From Cloud
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. The crested tern is singing out
from the cloud, talking about different areas for different
tribes. The cloud is coming in, making the people one.
Every country has a different area for a different tribe.
The cloud is pointing at Yirrkala, it's pointing at the
Wessel Islands, it's pointing at the lands of the Rirratjingu
and other clans. The cloud is a spear, showing the straight
direction forward. All the clouds join together as one
like the people, drawing them together for ceremony. The
tern is crying, crying, crying. The clouds join, like
friendship, like freedom. They're representative of Yolngu
people. Here the clouds represent the coming together
of the Djapu, Rirratjingu, Galpu, and Djambarrpuyngu tribes.
2 Clouds Separate Looking Like Wild Potatoes
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. The clouds separate, they look like
wild potatoes. They represent people, the different tribes,
and where they're from. The clouds separate like people
after ceremony and go back to their own country.
(East Wind) Also Called Dhimurru Sweeps Over Water Making
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. The east wind also called Dhimurru
sweeps over the water and makes it calm. The clouds formation
is nimbostratus. The people are sitting down watching
the calm water.
(Clouds Sitting Down on the Horizon)
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. Clouds sitting down on the horizon
representing saltwater people inhabiting the coast line.
(West Wind Barra is Coming From Goulburn Island Blowing
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. The west wind Barra is coming from
Goulburn Island and blows the cutting clouds away. The
people there are playing yirdaki and painting up their
bodies for ceremony.
Mawang (People Walking Between Country And Dancing)
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. Yolngu people are walking between
country and dancing. They are going to a billabong. We're
thinking about the Goulburn Island people and dancing
for them. My family has connections with them.
(Magpie Geese) 1 Sitting Around the Billabong Eating
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. The wild magpie geese - gurrumat'tji
- are sitting around the billabong eating rakay, the corms
of the waterlily. The rakay is like marbles.
(Magpie Geese) 2 Moving From Waterhole to Waterhole
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki. The magpie geese are moving from
waterhole to waterhole. This song cycle is linyguna, finished
Gurruwiwi on yirdaki.