Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Dreamtime.

The dreamtime in its entirety will never be completely understood when viewed through the lens of the English language. Dreaming is connected to spiritual ancestors of the old time which includes majestic stories detailing the world and its creation. Learning … Continue reading

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Word List from the Williams River Area

In searching for some more information on the Aboriginal language(s) in my local area (Muswellbrook, NSW), I came across the Wonnarua Nation Aboriginal Corporation website (http://www.wonnarua.org.au/) After following a few links, I was led to an intriguing excerpt from a 1906 … Continue reading

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NAIDOC Week talk 2016

As part of NAIDOC Week (July 3-9) UNE asked me to tell a brief story about some research I’m currently engaged in. The content is not directly relevant to the Topics covered in this unit, but touches on Aboriginal oral … Continue reading

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Aboriginal Families

I found the recent reading on the vocabulary of families to be very interesting. The different words used for an aunt, for example, depending on whether it is your mother’s sister or your father’s sister is something I had not … Continue reading

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Jaky Troy: awakening Australia’s sleeping languages

Chapter 3 of our textbook is a paper by Dr Jakylin Troy entitled Language Contact in Early Colonial NSW. Dr Troy is a linguist, and a Research Professor at Sydney University. Previously she was a Director at AIATSIS, and she … Continue reading

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NAIDOC WEEK: Learning language through songs

During NAIDOC week the language of the Eora people was bought back to life in workshops aimed at children where they learned catchy tunes such as Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in an effort to revive the local language in … Continue reading

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Creative Spirits

I recently came across this informative website, ‘Creative Spirits’. CreativeSpirits It is an Aboriginal  Cutural information site. I have found it very interesting to get a feel for current Aboriginal expression of identity,  social and political issues, and, importantly, the … Continue reading

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