Category Archives: TV

Sonnets and NoongarPedia: language revitalisation takes centre stage

Kylie Farmer, Sonnet Sunday – The Globe, 22nd April 2012 “In the old age black was not counted fair… But now is black beauty’s successive heir.” In the wake of Indigenous Literacy Week,  I thought I would share the article Sonnets and NoongarPedia: … Continue reading

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Message Stick

This 95 year old Aboriginal elder is the matriarch of various tribes of the Yan-nhangu people on Murrunga Island, in the Crocodile Islands of north Arnhem Land.  She was announced as the Senior Australian of the Year in 2012. She is heavily involved in the teaching of the traditions and language of this culture as the only remaining one with the knowledge to do so.  This interesting program talks about the ranger program being operated in the area to teach young people the traditional ways and the language, under the guidance of Baymarrwangga.  

This message stick program screened on May 12 2012.   


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ABC’s ‘Behind the News’ 17/11/2009

The target audience for ‘Behind the News’ is children – how wonderful that the topic of Aboriginal Language is reaching young ears!  Watch the program here: You will also notice many other interesting links on this Behind the News site, such as: … Continue reading

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Babakiueria (1986)

I watched this tv program when it was first released in 1986. It satirises colonial/Commonwealth/social attitudes and policies towards the Indigenous peoples of Australia by reversing the roles — the whites are the natives and the blacks are the colonisers. … Continue reading

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Preservation of Mudburra Language NT

It is apparent that there is a push in the Northern Territory at some level to preserve the traditional languages. This news clip (see link below) discusses the release of a new book for children written in the Mudburra language. … Continue reading

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Eight Ladies Alyawarr documentary

There is a beautiful documentary called ‘Eight Ladies‘ available for download at the moment on the ABC’s Message Stick website. The documentary follows eight Alyawarr ladies as they hunt for echidnas and bush potatoes on their traditional land. While hunting, the women … Continue reading

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Go Lingo!

One of our classmates from last year has just sent us this information about a new TV show that began airing on ABC 3 yesterday! Go Lingo! is a game show for 11 – 12 year olds about spelling and … Continue reading

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