Spot on, Rod,
The other accessory you might use are very small children. Their gurgling
seems to encourage some birds.
I agree too, about the name change. Often when I¹m guiding I¹ll give
Kunwinjku names for particular birds (and other fauna).
on 16/7/11 6:31 PM, Rod Gardner at wrote:
> Oh, and I forgot about Denise's advice. My wife and I were doing some language
> work with the Garrwa people at Robinson River, which is about two hours south
> of Borroloola - and in the heart of Garrwa and of Carpentarian Grasswren
> country. We were collecting Garrwa bird names using a field guide, and when I
> came to Carpentarian Grasswren, the old ladies we were working with recognised
> it immediately, one of them saying, 'Oh, that's the bird that comes hopping by
> when you're having a nap by a creek during the day' (or words to that effect).
> They're in the heart of the escarpment country. Indeed, Garrwa country
> coincides with most of the Carpentarian Grasswren range. I've always though
> that if the Kalkadoon is named after the people of the land where it occurs,
> then Carpentarian should be renamed Garrwan Grasswren.
> Rod Gardner
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