A kind of photo album

Refugees are here gathering around Willliam Danga’s copy of my book The Listening Ebony, identifying people they recognize in the pictures - mainly dating from my original fieldwork of the 1960s. One identifies ‘Yapmaka’ - but in fact it is his father, Tente, a senior diviner at the time (for Yapmaka’s story, see Survivors: Initial Flight; and an informal clip of him chatting over coffee, in Sounds of Work).

The pictures of the diviners’ ceremonies cause special comment, one woman wondering if these were Gurunya rites (a women’s cult to assist infant survival; see my first book ’Kwanim Pa, chapter 7).