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  The Mossman FallsKaranba (Bennett Walker)
Verse 1  

Nyulu balkjajin
Marrjanga
Bada bada
Jukungu
Wawu bajanga
Julaymba
Dungan dungay
Jalunbu
Ngunyin yakan

Kajan jukungu
Jankiba
Jankiba
Kari milka wulay

He was born
In the rainforest
Under the arms
Of a big old tree
By the river
Julaymba
On its way
To the sea
They cut the birth cord
    In ceremony
And tied it to that tree
Jankiba
Jankiba
Living (in) my memory
Chorus  
Julaymba
Ngayku bubu wawu bajanga
Julaymba
Jalunbu dungan dungay
Julaymba
Manjalmun
Jalunbu
Julaymba
Ngaykunku kari milkawulay

Julaymba
River of my country
Julaymba
Flowing to the sea
Julaymba
From the mountains
To the sea
Julaymba
Won’t forget me

 
  Rainforest, Mount Spurgeon (Photo: Mike Prociv)  
 
  Rainforest, Mount Spurgeon (Photo: Mike Prociv)  
 
  Daintree River and Thornton Peak (Photo: Kerry Trapnell)  
 
  Daintree River and Thornton Peak (Photo: Kerry Trapnell)  
Verse 2  
Ngamu kankalinji
Yungan
Birrir jirrimandi munji
Ngunyin yakan
Bubumun juku mun
Ngunyin yakan
Kuku ngamumu
Jankiba
Jana yunu wawu
Waluinduman
Waluinduman
Wujaljiku
Jankiba
Yunu wawu buyun ban
Ngunyin yakan
Naybumunji
Mother and child
Were forced to go
To the island of the palm
They cut the cord
To his land, to his tree
Cut the cord
To his mother tongue
Jankiba
They changed your life
Changed your life
Changed your life
Forever
Jankiba
They maimed your life
Cut the cord
With a six year knife
Repeat Chorus  
Verse 3  
Nyulu Jankiba
Juma Bayanbuku dungan baja
Dinkarman yinyayku
Kirraji dankiku
Walayman
Kuku warrmba-bungan baja
Nyulu wawa jirrday bajaku
Bubungu bundayanka
Bubu maninka juku maninka
Nyungun majanka balkan
Yundu kari yalamaka
Yununku wawukari
So Jankiba
Was mission bound
Till he became a man
Worked hard there
Earned his share
Found his language again
But when he went
To live his dream
Buy back his land, his tree
He was told
You can’t do that
You’re not wanted here
Repeat Chorus  
Verse 4  

Nyulu nyungu kankalkankal
Yubaku kunjan
Wubulku kunjan
Jananda kuku balkan
Yuda nyadjin yinya juku
Yinya bubu ngayku
Wawujiday yinanka
Ya yuda kaykay kaykaywarra
Yuda jumay manibaja
    yanya bubu
Yala ngadimuku kuda

Nyungu Juku
    yingayku jajanay
Nyiku nyiku

So he gathered up
Us kids one day
All of his family
Told the story
Of his river tree
The place his heart
Will always be
Please, children whatever you do
Take back that place
    one day
And though the years have
    tumbled by
His tree still stands

Today

Chorus  
Julaymba
Ngayku bubu wawu bajanga
Julaymba
Jalunbu dungan dungay
Julaymba
Manjalmun
Jalunbu
Julaymba
Ngaykunku kari milkawulay

Julaymba
River of my country
Julaymba
Flowing to the sea
Julaymba
From the mountains
To the sea
Julaymba
Won’t forget me

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Karanba (Bennett Walker)

Kuku Yalanji elder, Karanba, was born in Mossman in 1948 to Wilma Buchanan and Norman Walker. Karanba spent his first 15 years at the Daintree Mission until Norman fell ill and Karanba took over his job at the Daintree slaughteryards to support the family. He did not have the opportunity to return to school, but he went on to manage cane farms around the Daintree and Mossman districts for many years, during which time he also married Louise. In 1983 he began 18 years of employment as a much valued ranger with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Today, Karanba works closely with his children, Linc, Brandon, Larissa and Juan, in their Cooya Beach business, Yaba Yabaju (Cultural Habitat Tours), and spends as much time as he can with his many grandchildren.

Mike Prociv

Countless numbers of Mike’s photographs have been reproduced in a wide variety of publications, bringing Wet Tropics wildlife and landscapes to prominence. In 2006 Mike commenced publishing a series of his own books about the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The first won the Queensland Multimedia Awards and the second was taken up as a high school text, which for Mike is his greatest personal achievement. He now looks forward to producing more books to further showcase the beauty and natural history of this very special corner of the Australian continent.

 
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