Health Education Resource in Three Traditional Aboriginal Languages

This is something I came across through my work. It’s a website with anti-smoking education and resources for young Indigenous people.

If anyone is interested in hearing a few minutes of Central Arrente, Pitjantjatjara or Warlpiri, just follow the link. You can also watch the video in English elsewhere on the site.


The animation is about how the neurotransmitter dopamine is released in the brain when you smoke tobacco, and why that is reinforcing. I think these videos are a pretty good confirmation that traditional Aboriginal languages have the capability to discuss any topic. I don’t think the use of ‘dopamine’ as a loanword weakens this argument in any way. Afterall, the components of the English word can be traced back to German and Latin (source: the Oxford online dictionary).

Hope you find it interesting.

Natasha Lee/ Ling566

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