Arternem ngkwarl renh. Kel inpem pelekan-warl. Ampek akngeynem. Anthey-alpem. Ampel arlkwem. Antherrem rernem. Sharemilerrem ngkwarl.
Angayakw-rnem. Amern-then arlkwem rernem. Anaty. Alakenh. Apmer-warl alpemel akngeyneyel.
Alakenhaym anantherr angkeyelan Alyawarrelan.
Anthey-alpem amern. Ngkwarl. Amern anaty-then. Wantey-alpem. Amperneman antherreynem.
Apety akely-akely antherreyel amperneman. Sugarbag sharemilerrem. Alakenh. Alakenhaym angkeyel Alyawarran anantherran.
Told by Katie Kemarr Morton in Alyawarr language at Arnkawenyerre – Rocket Range outstation in Utopia.
You chop into the tree to get sugarbag. You fill up a billycan. You take it back for the kids. When you get back you give it to them. The kids eat it. They share it with each other, the hungry ones. They eat bush potato as well. Same way, you take it back to give it to them.
We always go back and share sugarbag and bush potatoes. We feed the kids with those bush foods. The kids share with each other, giving each other little pieces. They share sugarbag with one another. And this is how we speak Alyawarr.
Translation by David Moore as part of the Alice Springs Language Centre’s Alyawarr class.
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