The Guardian Australia website has posted a series of articles on Indigenous languages under the title ‘Our Country, Our Voices’.
The articles cover numerous topics of interest to LING366/566 students including the importance role of languages in regards to cultural maintenance and identity, as well as covering specific language maintenance and revitalisation programs.
A particularly enjoyable article covers a community-driven language revitalisation program for the language Wubuy, traditional language of the Nunggubuyu people in Arnem Land. The program has been running successfully since 1990, has strong and ongoing community involvement and has developed numerous resources including videos, books and songs.
Please enjoy the video of the Hokey-Pokey in Wubuy!
by Michael Jubb