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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 years ago along the south-east coastline.
'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 Round jumper – ‘Bambara’ – designed by third-year forward Karl Amon.
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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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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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How ancient Aboriginal star maps have shaped Australia's highway network

How ancient Aboriginal star maps have shaped Australia's highway network

The next time you're driving down a country road in outback Australia, consider there's a good chance that very route was originally mapped out by Aboriginal people perhaps thousands of...

07 Apr 2016 New South Wales News

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News in language

News in language

The trial for the ABC’s translated bulletin service in the Northern Territory was almost four years ago.

02 Apr 2016 Northern Territory News

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Invisible Aboriginal: Media Bigots Invading Our Senses

Invisible Aboriginal: Media Bigots Invading Our Senses

In New Zealand, the Maori are a revered part of mainstream culture. Meanwhile, in Australia… Melinda Morris explains.   The Daily Telegraph and your friendly neighbourhood bigot were outraged this week that...

02 Apr 2016 National News

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Indigenous Elders Keep Traditional Songs About Life on Wave Hill Station Alive With New Generation

Indigenous Elders Keep Traditional Songs About Life on Wave Hill Station Alive With New Generation

An Indigenous language project is trying to keep alive traditional songs and ceremonies performed half a century ago, during one of the defining periods of the land rights movement.

30 Mar 2016 Northern Territory News

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Wiradjuri Meaning and Language in Parkes

Wiradjuri Meaning and Language in Parkes

Mali Marambir Ngurang to make better place Parkes   The gugaa is the symbol that connects all Wiradjuri peoples. All Wiradjuri people recognise the gugaa. It is the symbol that connects ALL...

29 Mar 2016 New South Wales News

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Funding for Aboriginal Languages

Funding for Aboriginal Languages

WHILE announcing an additional round of state government grants to support the revitalisation of Aboriginal languages, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said the additional funding presented an excellent opportunity...

29 Mar 2016 New South Wales News

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Calls For Increased Mother-Tongue Education For Indigenous School Students

Calls For Increased Mother-Tongue Education For Indigenous School Students

Indigenous school students are being denied the right to education in their own language because of a lack of resources or 'desire' from state governments, a linguistics expert says.

29 Mar 2016 Northern Territory News

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Sydney Turns to Gadigal Language Names

Sydney Turns to Gadigal Language Names

Historic buildings in Green Square and a network of wetlands in Sydney Park will be renamed with Aboriginal words in a move the City of Sydney hopes will bring our...

28 Mar 2016 New South Wales News

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Violent Femmes Embrace Aboriginal Music

Violent Femmes Embrace Aboriginal Music

It seems an unlikely pairing: the legendary post-punk band from the American industrial city of Milwaukee and the family act from a remote central Australian hamlet of just 30 people.

22 Mar 2016 Western Australia News

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The Race To Digitise Language Records of the Pacific Region Before It Is Too Late

The Race To Digitise Language Records of the Pacific Region Before It Is Too Late

A suitcase of reel-to-reel audio tapes arrived recently at the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. They were from Madang, in Papua New Guinea (PNG), were...

22 Mar 2016 National News

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One Israeli's Mission to Revive Aboriginal Language Down Under

One Israeli's Mission to Revive Aboriginal Language Down Under

How does a Jewish Israeli who wants to help Australian Aboriginal people undo the injustice done by English colonizers go about revitalizing the Barngarla language?

20 Mar 2016 International

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A School Seeks to Save Vanishing Language

A School Seeks to Save Vanishing Language

POWHATTAN, Kan. — The sign on the wall in Rozella Ramirez’s kindergarten/first-grade class reads: “Less talking more beading.” Five- and 6-year-old hands diligently go to work stringing colorful beads onto...

19 Mar 2016 International

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Miranda Tapsell's Beautiful Heart

Miranda Tapsell's Beautiful Heart

When Miranda Tapsell gets behind a cause, she's not afraid to get vocal. "I am an ally and I express my support as an ambassador," she says.   It's that fearlessness in...

19 Mar 2016 National News

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Bess Price Asks Political Colleagues How it Feels to Not Understand, During Call to Allow

Bess Price Asks Political Colleagues How it Feels to Not Understand, During Call to Allow Aboriginal Languages

An Aboriginal Northern Territory politician has asked her colleagues how it feels to not understand another language, in a speech calling for changes to allow her to speak her native...

17 Mar 2016 Northern Territory News

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NT MP Wants to Speak Warlpiri Language

NT MP Wants to Speak Warlpiri Language

An Aboriginal Northern Territory politician is seeking to have the Warlpiri language recognised in the parliament. Member for Stuart Bess Price wants to change the standing orders so that members may...

16 Mar 2016 Northern Territory News

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