Monthly Archives: July 2011

Dual place naming

A park in Kununurra has just received official dual place name status despite opposition from the local shire president. You can read the original news article here. I really wonder how much this shire president understands about Aboriginal culture if … Continue reading

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Iwaidja Inyman

Iwaidja Inyman is a community based project based in Croker Island in Northwestern Arnhem Land. The project involves community elders and youth as well as linguists, teachers and biological scientists to record, preserve and maintain the Iwaidja language. Their website … Continue reading

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Song Cycle of the Moon-Bone

I was given a copy of the Puncher and Wattman Anthology of Australian Poetry about 2 weeks ago and I’ve been flicking through it on and off since then. The book contains 450 pages of poetry arranged in chronological order … Continue reading

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Enduring Voices project and hip hop in Huilliche

The Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages in Oregon, USA has set up a youtube channel  in co-operation with The National Geographic’s Enduring Voices project.  You can find the youtube channel here. There is not really much info about the Australian language … Continue reading

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Bangarra Regional Tour 2011!

Great news, Bangarra Dance Theatre will be going on tour to regional Queensland and Darwin sometime later this year! They will perform Mathinna, which tells the story of a young woman from the Stolen Generation. No dates or places have … Continue reading

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Identity dies when tongues are silenced

This article that appeared in The Age in early April, entitled ‘Identity dies when tongues are silenced’ discusses the current language situation in Australia with linguist Dr Rachel Nordlinger. Rachel is a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne and … Continue reading

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More childrens books.

A version of the childrens book ‘My Mara Love to Clap’ by Faith Baisden is now available in Paakantji (spoken in the area around the Darling river, NSW, including Wilannnia, Mennindi and Broken Hill). There is also a version in Awabakal … Continue reading

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