The Yindjibarndi poets Pambardu and Parraruru are considered the foremost twentieth-century bards of the Western Australian Pilbara desert, composing their works during a time when the people of the Pilbara were first coming into contact with Western civilization.

Parraruru, though of the Ngarluma people, was one of the most prolific Yindjibarndi language poets and storytellers of the second half of the twentieth-century. He was a mawarnkarra (magician) who was believed to possess remarkable powers. He worked extensively with linguists and anthropologists, who recorded his Yindjibarndi and Ngarluma oral literature and descriptions of life in the Pilbara desert.

- from the introduction by Shon Arieh-Lerer in MPT 3/14 'Polyphony'

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