Yok (Bandicoot)

The Bandicoot is an animal that looks a bit like a rat but it’s bigger and we eat it, unlike rats. There used to be lots of bandicoot everywhere around Gunbalanya, but today we don’t see them. A long time ago people used to put rice out at night when there was no moonlight and spear them with a strong spear (djalakkiradj), but when it’s day time men used to take dogs with them so they could smell the bandicoots inside logs and then the people cook them and eat them. But today we don’t eat them because we can’t find them anymore.

Nawu Yok nakka mayh ngadberre bu ngarringun.Konhda nawern rey bu ngarrinani bu korrokoni dja bolkkime minj ngarrinan larrk Bukorroko bininj birrimimkurrmi manbu birradjdj (rice) bu kukak bu dird di dirdngukmak wanjh birrirey djalakkiradj dorrengh birridanjbuni.Dja bu barnnangarra dungdi wanjh duruk birrikani nawu kohbakohbanj birrikebkani duruk wanjh birrinomi nawu yok ngimi kore manwodj kundulk birrimangi birdjurludjurlhmi wanjh bebmi nawu yok birribuni Birrikani birrikinjeyi birringuni ngandiwoni ngarringuni.Dja bolkkime minj karrinan nawu yok.

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