Joe Northover talks about different types of berries

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Denise Cook:  And do you visit different parts of that country?
Joe Northover: Oh, all the time when I get the chance. Not so much lately because I’ve been crook with my heart and everything but we still go hunting out there. We still do a lot of hunting, we camp in the bush and all now still.
Denise Cook: What do you hunt for?
Joe Northover: Kangaroo. Emu. That’s all year but then you’ve got towards springtime now the time is karda, nyingarn.
Denise Cook: What’s nyingarn?
Joe Northover: It’s a porcupine. And karda is goanna. Yuren.
Denise Cook: What’s yuren?
Joe Northover: Bobtail. And bardies. All the berries out.
Denise Cook: What are some of the berries around here?
Joe Northover: Yurenburt, they call the other one kickingberry. Coolberry. Cummock, another one. Cummock. But they come out in another couple of months. You see them all. Wattle should be out soon. When that wattle come out you know it’s a good time to go bush. Djerung. Fat. All fat and djerung.
Denise Cook: And with the berries, can you just pick them off the bush and eat them?
Joe Northover: Oh yeah. But some like the ones that got big seeds in them but the outside what you eat. They nice too.

From: Joe Northover, interview for South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, 31 July 2008

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