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ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA ART & CULTURE CENTRE - ALICE SPRINGS
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ARRERNTE DICTIONARY

RED KANGAROO
Aherre
You see red kangaroo in flat country or mulga country (type of tree). Kangaroo are cut up in a special way (according to Aboriginal law)
BOOMERANG
Alye, Ilye
Boomerang are used to beat the rhythm to accompany singing, and were also used for hunting. They are not of the returning type.
SAND GOANNA
Alewatyerre
A common Goanna can grow up to 1.5 metre in length . It is a popular source of food and is hunted by women and children.
WOODEN SHIELD
Alkwerte
A shield is to protect you if someone is throwing a boomerang at you, or spearing you with a spear, or hitting you with a nulla-nulla.
THE DREAMTIME
Altyerre
is the creation of the world and the things in it, and its eternal existence. Everyone has a dreaming which has its place, where its come from. It is visual and spiritual.
STONE KNIFE
Alyekwe

WOOMERA
Amirre
A wooden implement used as a spear thrower but has a sharp flake of stone attached to be used to scrap and carve and glued with beefwood tree resin or spinifex wax.
COOLAMON
Urtne
a wooden dish for carrying things and made in light wood like" bean " Tree. Also used to carry water or a young baby.
SPEAR
Irrtyarte
Taken from a branch (spear bush) to hunt and punish among Aboriginal law. The stick is heated in hot sand and ash and straighten out with the hands.
HEAD PAD
Akarnte
A ring shaped pad placed on the head to carry a coolamon on. Traditionally made out of twisted grass and / or hairstring.
EMU
Arleye
Non flying Native Bird. The belly feathers are used for decoration, and the sinews can be used in making tools and weapons.
DINGO
Artnwere
Wild Dingos live out in the bush and live on Kangaroo, Euro, Goannas, Birds and Mice. They were sometimes adopted by Aborigines.
DIGGING STICK
atneme
A solid piece of wood out of "Mulga" sharpened at the end, and used by women for digging roots, small animals and as a walking stick.
WITCHETTY GRUB
Atnyematye
A grub is the larval stage of a type of moth.This one is find in the root system of Mulga, "Witchetty grub". The flesh is a delicacy for Aborigines.
SPINIFEX
Aywerte
A plant which grow on very poor and sandy soils. Aborigenes were using the resin to assemble things together.
BELT STRING
Alyepe
Belt or strap made of hairstring. The hair was spinned and strong and was used to attach things together.
OVAL WOODEN SCOOP
Arleye
Used for scooping water out of rockholes. Also to dig out soakages with these scoops and use them to clean the (first dirty) water. People also dig holes to catch Goannas, rabbits, Perenties .
HONEY ANT
Yerrampe
This is a type of ant that stores honey like food in their abdomens. The worker ants collect the sweet and is sacred food.