Wanggumara – Welcome Resources

Some Alternative Names/Spellings:
Wankgumara, Wongkumara, Wonkamara, Wonkamarra, Wonkamura, Wonkamurra, Wonkomarra, Wonkubara
(*Source – Austlang Database: L25: Wangkumara | AIATSIS Collection)

Welcome to the Coota Girls Family Hub page for Wanggumara language resources. Here you will find a selection of links to some Wanggumara language resources, including some library books to look out for and a blog post on the word “yawara”.

We hope there is something here for you on your language journey!

Title Type Overview Author Date Link
Basic materials in Wankumara (Galali): Grammar, sentences and vocabulary Grammar An older linguistics resource for Wangkumara, contains history, grammar and vocabularly, compiled by Maryalyce McDonald and Stephen Wurm. Please note that there may have been changes in Wangkumara language reclamation work since this resource was published in 1979.


Maryalyce McDonald and Stephen Wurm 1979
The Two Rainbow Serpents Travelling: Mura track narratives from the ‘Corner Country’ Research publication A publication by Jeremy Beckettand Luise Hercuson the ‘Corner Country’, where mulitple communities converge, includes versions of ‘the two rainbow serpents’ story, histories and discussions of Country. Contains some language information for Wangkumara language and Paakantyi language. Jeremy Beckett; Luise Hercus 2009
Ngalkagarla ngandrangu yawarranha nhanha Wangkumadanha : Let’s learn Wangkumara! Language book A Wangkumara language book based on the Wangkumara language tapes of Albert and Cecil Ebsworth and the notes of Gavan Breen. Only library copies available for loan, check the link for closest library Carol Robertson, Stephen Fernando, Gavan Breen, Albert Ebsworth and Cecil Ebsworth 1985
Wangkumara alphabet book Language book A Wangkumara language book, includes notes on pronunciation and spelling. Only library copies available for loan. check the link for closest library. George Harrison, Ron Johnson, Dawn Smith, Robert Grey, Edie Edwards, Jack O’Lantern; illustrated by Tom Stewart. 1981

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