Jason Marpangar Dhamarrandji made this one. He’s from Ramingining, but people from Gapuwiyak got hold of this video too. I remember, everyone was watching and laughing, passing around the phone.
Jason made the whole thing on his phone, using funny voices in Yolŋu matha to make a new story from the balanda bitja. We translated it for the exhibitions. It is really, really funny in Yolŋu matha.
Jason did both voices. He recorded the bitja from a TV set playing a video cassette that had belonged to his ŋathi;1 it was his grandfather’s bitja but he made this yuṯa, biyarrmak one. He was the first to do these funny voices, showing these balanda like they were Yolŋu. Long time ago now.
There were many videos like this in the beginning. But these days there’s not so many. They used to be passed phone to phone on those old-model phones, before we got Google connections. People are watching YouTube now.
We call this boy Lonely Nyiknyik here because he is usually with two other boys all the time. They’re the Nyiknyik gang, named after the bush mouse. But here he is by himself, filming himself singing ‘Baby’, that Justin Bieber song, in a funny way to make everybody laugh.