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Barka – murrdie (Darling, black person)

~ Barkindji interpretations provided by Kevin Knight and Wayne Knight 


Murrdie - Barka

Black person - my darling.

Barka, Barka, murrdie Barkindji murrdie

My darling, my darling, black Barkindji person

Nga, kappa

I will follow.

Nhantarna. Nhantarna. . .

Again, again

... until makarra thutha palpa

Again, again... I (will) follow until it rains like ashes



Our waterway – Barka, to us Barkindji people, is so much more than water and fish, much, much more than ebbs and flows, Barka is our spiritual heart. Barka came to us through Dreaming, She is sacred to us.
I wrote this poem as my expression of my great love to that Waterway, declaring my love and commitment to Barka and Barkindji people and culture forever.

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