Anangu refer to the traditional Aboriginal owners of Uluru. The term, which embraces several tribes, is more accurately spelled "Aṉangu" or "Arnangu" and pronounced with the stress on the first syllable: [ˈaɳaŋʊ].
The original meaning of the word was presumably "human being, person", "human body" and is taken from word found in a number of eastern varieties of the Pama–Nyungan Western Desert Languages (WDL). It is now used as an Aboriginal endonym used by the WDL peoples and rarely applied to non-Aboriginal people, and has come to be used also as an exonym used by non-Aboriginal Australians to refer to WDL speaking groups or individuals.
With regard to the term's distribution and spelling, the following table shows the main WDL dialects in which it is used (left column) along with the word spelled according to the orthography of that dialect (right column).
|Southern (Titjikala) Luritja, Ngaanyatjarra, Ngaatjatjarra||yarnangu|
The reasons for the spelling variations are: some WDL dialects do not allow vowel-initial words—in these varieties the word begins with y; some orthographies use underlining (e.g. ṉ) to indicate a retroflex consonant, while others use a digraph (e.g. rn). Pitjantjatjara seems to be the best-known source for the word, but the underlining of the consonant is often ignored (or not understood) by English speakers, and is difficult to type, so the word is very commonly seen as anangu.
Notes and referencesEdit
- Eckert, Paul; Hudson, Joyce (1988). Wangka Wiru: A handbook for the Pitjantjatjara language learner. Underdale SA: SACAE. ISBN 0-86803-230-1.
- Glass, Amee; Hackett, Dorothy (2003). Ngaanyatjarra & Ngaatjatjarra to English Dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press. ISBN 1-86465-053-2.
- Goddard, Cliff (1985). A Grammar of Yankunytjatjara. Alice Springs: IAD Press.
- Goddard, Cliff (1992). Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara to English Dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press. ISBN 0-949659-64-9.
- Griffin, Graham (2011). "Welcome to Aboriginal Land:Anangu Ownership and Management of Uluru-Kata National Park". In Chatty, Dawn; Colchester, Marcus. Conservation and Mobile Indigenous Peoples: Displacement, Forced Settlement and Sustainable Development. Berghahn Books. pp. 362–375. ISBN 978-1-782-38185-3.
- Hansen, KC; Hansen, LE (1992). Pintupi/Luritja Dictionary 3rd Edition. Alice Springs: IAD Press. ISBN 0-949659-63-0.
- Kastrinou, Maria; Layton, Robert (2016). "The Politics of Reincarnation, Time and Sovereignty:A Comparative Anthropological Investigation of the Syrian Druze and Australian Anangu". In Gledhill, John. World Anthropologies in Practice: Situated Perspectives, Global Knowledge. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1-474-25262-1.
- Valiquette, Hilaire, ed. (1993). A Basic Kukatja to English Dictionary. Balgo WA: Luurnpa Catholic School. ISBN 0-646-12453-6.
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- Web portal for Anangu Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra peoples, communities and organisations
- Description of Tjukurpa - the foundation of Anangu life at Department of Environment and Heritage