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.
The blind poet Pambardu, who died in 1934, lived at a time when his culture faced momentous changes that had made its tradition fragile. His poetry is a vivid record of these changes. Many of Pambardu’s poems, including ‘Desert Life’, are awestruck and fascinated reactions to the first machinery ever seen by the Yindjibarndi people.
– from the introduction by Shon Arieh-Lerer in MPT 3/14 ‘Polyphony’