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This song tells of a dramatic hunt of kangaroos and emus. It was told by Milerum and recorded by Norman Tindale in 1932.Norman Tindale wrote down some of the Tanganekald lyrics with a description in English.
AA 338/11/5 Track 2 Norman Barnett Tindale collection
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Keinyeruna adenaru wulgarenal keinangal a'anambar 
terewalt tangal keinjyeruna adenar tauwanggular pereilba 
wanbiyul ngulu nand ata woreint yonga namu woreintangun 
annambina yatawul tanatin lamindjul'teki ngapunt. 

This is a Tanganekald hunting song which was a great favourite at ceremonies. As many as 50 or 60 men would sing it together. It describes an occasion, at least several generations before Milerum’s time, when many men went hunting together and drove game on to Monokoru Point on the Coorong. This Point is in the form of a broad, flat peninsula with a narrow neck, and juts out into the waters of the Coorong. The hunt commenced in the grass-tree scrub, with a long line of men driving the game before them. The composer describes how he ‘saw kangaroos and emus moving about through the grass-tree scrub.’ A man who had lagged behind released his dogs too soon; he should have held them in leash; the other hunters, therefore, had to let theirs loose also. The song-maker walked quickly up a hill and saw that, despite this mishap, the success of the hunt was assured because kangaroos were hopping everywhere. A kangaroo surprised him, he misjudged the distance, raised his spear hurriedly into the spear-thrower and ‘let fly,’ but missed his aim. The sequel is not told in song. The game were driven on to the Point; many people thereupon stood guard across the narrow part while special men, armed with clubs, and men carrying spears, went on to the peninsula to kill the emus and the wallabies that awaited them in the natural trap.