An orally passed down account of the story of the hanging of Warndiwarndi (written in the newspapers of the day as Wandy Wandy), an Iwaidja-speaking Mayurdam man found guilty of the murder of the crew of a Malay trepanging vessel and subsequently hanged in the presence of around 30 of his countrymen on the evening of 25th July 1893 in Malay Bay, Northwestern Arnhem Land, Australia.
The storyteller is Khaki Marrala a senior traditional owner of the Murran estate, in particular the Mountnorris Bay area adjacent to the site of the execution. The video was filmed at Khaki's house (which was destroyed by a cyclone four months later) in Minjilang on Croker Island on the 10th of November 2004 by Bruce Birch and Sabine Hoeng. Transcription and translation by Bruce Birch and Joy Williams. The video was collected as part of the Iwaidja Language Documentation Project funded by the DoBeS Program of the Volkswagen Foundation.
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