Manbiri (Sea Turtle) and
That Manbiri (sea turtle) she is a large animal who lives in the ocean and eats seaweed. In the old days people used to go in a canoe, see manbiri and spear it with a kind of harpoon (ngalidjdjalidj). Then they would take it home and cook it, the guts and the whole body, and share it with family in the camp. We call the juices from cooking the manbiri “wulud”. The old people used to wash the long intestines in the salt water, then chop them up and cook them in a flour drum. Manbirri lays its eggs and bury on the highest part of the beach, so the old people used to follow his tracks and see where he dug the hole. There they would poke the sand with sticks to feel for eggs, then dig them up by hand and take them away. Sometimes they would eat the eggs raw and sometimes they would cook them. People that lived by the seas used to eat the eggs raw.
Ngalbu Manbiri ngalka mayh ngalkimuk kore kurrula kayo kare kangun kunbak manbu kurrulawaken.Korroko bininj birrirey kubbunj birrinani birridulubuni ngalidjdjalidj Wanjh birrikani kured birrikinjeyi mannjam dja ngalbu burrk.wanjh bindiwoni nawu kured birrihni.Manbu kunkalkkid makka kabirringeybun wulud.dja manbu mannjam makka mankuyeng birridjirridjbuni kore kurrula birridjobdjobkeyi birrikinjeyi kore banikkin nakimuk badjdjukkali [drum] Dja nawu wirllarrk nakka ngukdengi kore karrkad wadjbud.birribarlahkadjungi birrinani kore bolkkarungi kumekke kundulk birribolkdjudmi birriwirllarrkdjudmi wanjh kunbid birrikarungi birrimangi nawu wirllarrk yika kuk birringuni yika djoleng nawu birrikang kurrula saltwater people birringuni kuk nawu wirllarrk.