Wiba Song: WW ll Bomber First Sighting
Song created by an old Wardaman songman, possibly Paddy Mirin, who witnessed a WW ll Japanese bomber arrive in the 1940s. Imagine witnessing and hearing this event from a distance. He was witness also to the arrival of Dr Clyde Fenton, the first Flying Doctor.
Songmen and women rigidly passed on the traditional songs but also invented new ones. Yidumduma's encyclopaedic mind remembers this song learned when he was around 10 years of age.
Japan conducted many air raids on Darwin and northern Australia, 1942-3. This video reminds us of the sacrifices made by Aboriginal people during WW11.
Secondary School Resource Package on the WW2 Bombing of Darwin
engine gurragay engine taking off
airglane gurragay airplane taking off
ya ya ya ya x 3 there you go
durrdud durrdud durrdud durru x3 sound of the engine
burrbup burubup burrbup burubup x3 sound of bombs hitting the ground