The Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP) provides grants worldwide to for the linguistic documentation of endangered language and knowledge. Grantees create multimedia collection of endangered languages. These collections are preserved and made freely available through the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) housed at the library of SOAS University of London.
In response to expressed wishes of community elders, the project will record on video a traditional annual Warlpiri ceremony in Lajamanu community. During the ceremoney the men sing and the women dance all night. The project will record sociocultural information relating to the ceremony, work with community members to transcribe and annotate the songs in the ceremony, and document traditional narratives associated with the ceremony. DVDs and CDs will be produced and distributed to appropriate members of the community.
Primary investigator: Carmel O'Shannessy