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Out Of The Box Festival: Indigenous Children Create Their Own Museum to Share Culture A new project has revealed an intimate view of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through the eyes of children.
Gandangara Language of the Blue Mountains Preserved by Historian Jim Barrett JIM Barrett said it made him so sad when two Aboriginal women he’d met from a Blue Mountains tribe told him they knew only one word each of their grandmothers’ language.
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Aboriginal Languages

For over 60,000 years and 2500 generations over one billion Aboriginal people have walked this land together...

Today we still walk, but we have more hands to hold. This will forever continue as we travel on our journey protecting our country, protecting our land, protecting our culture, protecting our language and protecting our people.


This is where we as Aboriginal people can learn and share with one another and you, our languages, our methods for preserving our languages and our ways of disseminating our languages.

Welcome to "Our Languages" website. This is our place and it is your place now.

Our aim is for this to become a place where People from all around Australia will be able to share and to come together in all manner of ways to support the 250 plus Aboriginal Languages that exist in this country. From learning to commence a language program, to finding out what tools and resources exist to help, even to actually learning a language- we hope that all of these things and more will become available here, and make some difference to your journey.

If you would like to see how you can become part of the "Our Languages" website please contact us

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NT Minister Gives Historic Speech in Warlpiri Language

NT Minister Gives Historic Speech in Warlpiri Language

Bess Nungarrayi Price says her true voice has been “muted” in Parliament.

27 Jun 2016 Northern Territory News

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Parkes Early Childhood Centre

Parkes Early Childhood Centre has been teaching Wiradjuri language and culture to children for a number of years now and has expanded the program by employing an Aboriginal Liaison Educator.

24 Jun 2016 New South Wales News

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Out Of The Box Festival: Indigenous Children Create Their Own Museum to Share Culture

Out Of The Box Festival: Indigenous Children Create Their Own Museum to Share Culture

A new project has revealed an intimate view of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through the eyes of children.

24 Jun 2016 Queensland News

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Honey Ant Hunters and Aboriginal Culture Keepers Head Bush to Revive Their Language

Honey Ant Hunters and Aboriginal Culture Keepers Head Bush to Revive Their Language

Edie Ulrich and her mother Edna Sceghi are two of the last fluent speakers of an endangered Aboriginal language, and it has been in the open bush setting on the...

16 Jun 2016 Western Australia News

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Gandangara Language of the Blue Mountains Preserved by Historian Jim Barrett

Gandangara Language of the Blue Mountains Preserved by Historian Jim Barrett

JIM Barrett said it made him so sad when two Aboriginal women he’d met from a Blue Mountains tribe told him they knew only one word each of their grandmothers’...

13 Jun 2016 New South Wales News

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Bilingual Nun Tess Ward Honoured For Her Work in Remote Indigenous Community

Bilingual Nun Tess Ward Honoured For Her Work in Remote Indigenous Community

Sister Tess Ward has her face painted traditionally, to mark that she belongs to the land in the Aboriginal Community of Wadeye, 400 kilometres from Darwin.

08 Jun 2016 Northern Territory News

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Arnhem Land Singer Gawurra's Debut Album Achieves Top Nod from Rolling Stone

Arnhem Land Singer Gawurra's Debut Album Achieves Top Nod from Rolling Stone

Up-and-coming Indigenous singer-songwriter Stanley 'Gawurra' Gaykamangu has released his debut album to the high accolades of Rolling Stone magazine.

07 Jun 2016 Northern Territory News

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Career Milestone for Indigenous Band No Fixed Address

Career Milestone for Indigenous Band No Fixed Address

The power and importance of music as a catalyst for change was highlighted at what was probably the most important induction yet into the SA Music Hall of Fame.

07 Jun 2016 South Australia News

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Ten Amazing Things You Can Find in Canberra Libraries

Ten Amazing Things You Can Find in Canberra Libraries

If you stumbled upon a pair of well-worn cowboy boots on Acton peninsula, you'd probably think some unlucky punter had left them behind.

07 Jun 2016 Australian Capital Territory News

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Northern Australia’s New Languages in the Spotlight

Northern Australia’s New Languages in the Spotlight

University of Queensland linguists will join Aboriginal language experts in Katherine in the Northern Territory next week to workshop Australia’s largest newly adopted language – Kriol.

06 Jun 2016 Queensland News

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David Caruso: Learning to Pronounce Aboriginal Words is a Mark of Respect

David Caruso: Learning to Pronounce Aboriginal Words is a Mark of Respect

EARLIER this year, I visited the APY Lands as part of the Magistrates Court circuit.   The APY is situated in the far northwest of South Australia, bordering the NT and Western...

05 Jun 2016 South Australia News

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Why Every Aussie Should Learn To Speak An Indigenous Australian Language

Why Every Aussie Should Learn To Speak An Indigenous Australian Language

I’m not racist, but I don’t like speaking English. I would rather speak my own language – Ngarigu of the Snowy Mountains in south-eastern Australia.

01 Jun 2016 National News

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Underwood: Chamorro Language Survival Requires Speaking

Underwood: Chamorro Language Survival Requires Speaking

University of Guam President Robert Underwood last week gave a powerful message to Chamorros on how to create a community of speakers.

31 May 2016 International

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It's a Great Time to be Teaching Indigenous Australian Languages!

It's a Great Time to be Teaching Indigenous Australian Languages!

Now is the perfect opportunity to positively affect the education of the country and bring black and white Australians towards an understanding of each other, explains Indigenous Australian writer Bruce...

26 May 2016 National News

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Students at Jannali Public School Sing National Anthem in Indigenous Language of Dharawal

Students at Jannali Public School Sing National Anthem in Indigenous Language of Dharawal

Every week, thousands of primary schools students across New South Wales belt out the national anthem at assembly time.

23 May 2016 New South Wales News

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Lost Language of Boandik Indigenous People Revived in Traditional Possum Fur Cloak

Lost Language of Boandik Indigenous People Revived in Traditional Possum Fur Cloak

On the cliffs atop Port Macdonnell's Shelley Beach, Michelle Jacquelin-Furr points out spots where shell middens lie, some of the only remains her ancestors left upon the land hundreds of...

19 May 2016 South Australia News

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Town in Australia Aims for Bilingualism

Town in Australia Aims for Bilingualism

The coastal tourist town of Broome, Australia is making efforts to be fully bilingual in the local Aboriginal language Yawuru and English. All five schools in the town now teach...

19 May 2016 Western Australia News

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Indigenous Language Lessons

Indigenous Language Lessons

The town of Broome in Western Australia is pushing to become the first bilingual town in Australia by teaching all kids Yawuru, the local indigenous language. Even the town's street...

17 May 2016 Western Australia News

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The Glossary of Happiness

The Glossary of Happiness

Last summer, Tim Lomas flew from London to Orlando to attend the fourth annual congress of the International Positive Psychology Association—held, naturally, at Walt Disney World. As Lomas wandered around...

12 May 2016 International

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Yawuru Aboriginal Language Rediscovers Voice in Kimberley Town of Broome

Yawuru Aboriginal Language Rediscovers Voice in Kimberley Town of Broome

Efforts to make the Kimberley resort town of Broome bilingual are progressing, with the local Aboriginal language being incorporated into all new housing developments and every school in the town.

07 May 2016 Western Australia News

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Indigenous Youth Getting a Taste of Life as an Artist in Queensland's Gulf

Indigenous Youth Getting a Taste of Life as an Artist in Queensland's Gulf

On a remote northern Queensland island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, a new art program is teaching Aboriginal youth about local language, cultural connection and business enterprise all in one. The...

06 May 2016 Queensland News

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'Bambara' - The Journey Port Adelaide's Aboriginal Players

'Bambara' - The Journey Port Adelaide's Aboriginal Players

FOR THE eight Aboriginal players on Port Adelaide’s list, the journey to the Port Adelaide family is one very special.   It’s a journey expressed in Port Adelaide’s 2016 Sir Douglas Nicholls...

03 May 2016 South Australia News

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Port Adelaide Produces its Club Song With an Indigenous Theme — An AFL First

Port Adelaide Produces its Club Song With an Indigenous Theme — An AFL First

PORT Adelaide will use an indigenous recording of its club song in the AFL Indigenous Round — a league first.

03 May 2016 South Australia News

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Short-Term Language Learning Aids Mental Agility, Study Suggests

Short-Term Language Learning Aids Mental Agility, Study Suggests

Mental agility can be boosted by even a short period of learning a language, a study suggests.   Tests carried out on students of all ages suggest that acquiring a new language...

27 Apr 2016 International

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Explainer: The Largest Language Spoken Exclusively in Australia – Kriol

Explainer: The Largest Language Spoken Exclusively in Australia – Kriol

It’s not a trivia question I’ve come across. But if someone asked: “which language, only found in Australia, is spoken over an area the size of Spain and is the...

26 Apr 2016 National News

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Easily Find Aboriginal Place Names With This Interactive Digital Map

Easily Find Aboriginal Place Names With This Interactive Digital Map

100 year old letters, surveys and more containing 88 Aboriginal languages from across Australia have been collated in an interactive digital project by the State Library of NSW.

22 Apr 2016 New South Wales News

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Bridges Over River Named

Bridges Over River Named

A ROAD and two bridges running along and across the Ovens River have been recommended to be given Aboriginal names to signify their link with the new Bullawah Trail.

20 Apr 2016 Victorian News

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In Australia, Learning the Gumbaynggir Language Three Minutes at a Time

In Australia, Learning the Gumbaynggir Language Three Minutes at a Time

This story was originally published by First Languages Australia in Warra: Building teams, building resources.   The Gumbaynggirr language is traditionally spoken in the northern coastal region of the state of Australia...

20 Apr 2016 New South Wales News

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Why the baby brain can learn two languages at the same time

Why the baby brain can learn two languages at the same time

Any adult who has attempted to learn a foreign language can attest to how difficult and confusing it can be. So when a three-year-old growing up in a bilingual household...

15 Apr 2016 International

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Past and present key to unlocking language mysteries

Past and present key to unlocking language mysteries

Sydney researchers are using century-old survey data to help unlock the locations and meaning of Indigenous Australian place names across the country.

11 Apr 2016 New South Wales News

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An Heir to a Tribe’s Culture Ensures Its Language Is Not Forgotten

An Heir to a Tribe’s Culture Ensures Its Language Is Not Forgotten

NARRANDERA, Australia — Stan Grant, crudely tattooed in a way that hints at the petty crime and drunken brawls of his youth, clasped gnarly hands across his round belly and...

08 Apr 2016 New South Wales News

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Aboriginal health worker calls for more Indigenous hospital staff in Darwin

Aboriginal health worker calls for more Indigenous hospital staff in Darwin

More Indigenous staff are needed at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH), the Northern Territory's Aboriginal health worker of the year says.

08 Apr 2016 Northern Territory News

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