Albeit a small part of the overall article, it was fantastic to see that the local Aboriginal corporation worked with Adelaide based linguists to decide an appropriate name for their newly purchased parcel of land in Mount Gambier.
I’m also very excited to see that there is a publication on the topic of the Aboriginal language of the Mount Gambier region. Unfortunately there are no living descendents left of the Boandik people, so it’s great to know that knowledge of their language exists.
The name Boandik is a well known name in the town of Mount Gambier as our major aged care facility and associated services are called Boandik Lodge – one way of ensuring that the traditional owners of this land are always in the forefront of our minds.
Posted by Frances Walsh, LING366