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Australia’s Frank Yamma Paints Pictures In Song You can hear the outback in Frank Yamma’s music, and that’s not just a figure of speech. The Pitjantjatjara singer-songwriter, who hails from the drylands of Central Australia, sings about the bush, its creatures, and its people, but he also works field recordings of the wild into his sound. In songs such as “Sunday Morning” and “Beginning of Today”, both from his 2014 release Uncle, unfamiliar birdsong, rustling shrubs, and human footfalls contribute to a vivid portrait of a timeless way of life—and on the hard-hitting, half-rapped “Todd Mall”, crowd noise and overheard conversations add similar depths to Yamma’s description of a young Aboriginal boy adrift in the city.
Slam poetry: A New Generation of Multicultural Poets Empowered Through the Spoken Word Spoken word "slam poetry" — speaking, screaming and even singing poems, stories, lyrics and monologues — has exploded across Australia over the past decade.
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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.

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Do You Know a Bunji From a Boorie? Meet Our Dictionary’s New Indigenous Words

Do You Know a Bunji From a Boorie? Meet Our Dictionary’s New Indigenous Words

A new edition of the Australian National Dictionary has just been published. It contains 16,000 words and while the first edition (published in 1988) included about 250 words from 60...

23 Aug 2016 National News

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Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir a True Cultural Experience

Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir a True Cultural Experience

SOUND checks are well under way for the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir who are performing a sold-out show at the Lighthouse tonight.

21 Aug 2016 Northern Territory News

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Sydney artist Jonathan Jones' art project Barrangal Dyara (Skin and Bones) features Parkes students speaking

Sydney artist Jonathan Jones' art project Barrangal Dyara (Skin and Bones) features Parkes students speaking in Wiradjuri.

Fifteen Parkes school children had the honour of being involved in something very special on Monday when an ABC Arts crew came to town to record them speaking phrases in...

16 Aug 2016 New South Wales News

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Slam poetry: A New Generation of Multicultural Poets Empowered Through the Spoken Word

Slam poetry: A New Generation of Multicultural Poets Empowered Through the Spoken Word

Spoken word "slam poetry" — speaking, screaming and even singing poems, stories, lyrics and monologues — has exploded across Australia over the past decade.

15 Aug 2016 National News

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Indigenous Meanings of Australian Town Names

Indigenous Meanings of Australian Town Names

Ever wondered what our towns, cities and places mean in their Aboriginal language?

11 Aug 2016 National News

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Our Way Stories Gives Indigenous Elders a Voice to Guide Next Generation

Our Way Stories Gives Indigenous Elders a Voice to Guide Next Generation

"These elders weren't meant to be here," said Goorie novelist Melissa Lucashenko, as she introduced the authors of the collection Our Way Stories at the Byron Writers Festival.

10 Aug 2016 New South Wales News

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Indigenous Study Asks ‘Where Are The Children?’

Indigenous Study Asks ‘Where Are The Children?’

A University of the Sunshine Coast research team is investigating the long-term benefits of a program conducted five years ago to raise the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

10 Aug 2016 Queensland News

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Australia’s Frank Yamma Paints Pictures In Song

Australia’s Frank Yamma Paints Pictures In Song

You can hear the outback in Frank Yamma’s music, and that’s not just a figure of speech. The Pitjantjatjara singer-songwriter, who hails from the drylands of Central Australia, sings about...

10 Aug 2016 International

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Barngarla Language App

Barngarla Language App

THE Barngarla language may be called a sleeping beauty, but with the use of modern technology, it’s seeing itself come back to life.

02 Aug 2016 South Australia News

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Black and White Unite to Take Out Top Media Gong

Black and White Unite to Take Out Top Media Gong

A film exploring Wiradjuri culture and a tribute poem to the Stolen Generation have taken out two top honours at the New South Wales Premier’s Multicultural Media awards.

26 Jul 2016 New South Wales News

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Language On Screen

Language On Screen

A NEW television series is showcasing local indigenous languages to a new audience of millions.

20 Jul 2016 New South Wales News

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Saving Miriwoong - Video Series

Saving Miriwoong - Video Series

A Language on the Brink of Extinction

12 Jul 2016 Western Australia News

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Children Celebrate NAIDOC Week

Children Celebrate NAIDOC Week

Students from Forbes Community Out of School Hours Care joined the children from the Forbes Learning Ladder last Thursday to acknowledge NAIDOC day.

12 Jul 2016 New South Wales News

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Native American Students Explore Aboriginal Cultures With Sydney's Eora College in Study Tour

Native American Students Explore Aboriginal Cultures With Sydney's Eora College in Study Tour

Sierra Bates is currently far from the plains of Montana where she is a member of the Native American tribe called Black Feet.

11 Jul 2016 New South Wales News

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How Do We Get Indigenous Children to Succeed in School?

How Do We Get Indigenous Children to Succeed in School?

Improving school results for Aboriginal children can only be achieved with teaching methods that factor in cultural and language barriers, a leading expert says.

09 Jul 2016 Australian Capital Territory News

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Jaky Troy: Awakening Australia's Sleeping Languages

Jaky Troy: Awakening Australia's Sleeping Languages

Jaky is on a mission to reinvigorate Australia's Indigenous languages. Jaky is a Ngarigu woman whose country is the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales.

08 Jul 2016 New South Wales News

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Funds To Teach Local Language

Funds To Teach Local Language

THE Gamilaraay language will be exposed to a new generation of speakers, with almost $30,000 going towards teaching students the region’s Indigenous language.

08 Jul 2016 New South Wales News

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I Love My Warlpiri Language

I Love My Warlpiri Language

Theresa Napurrurla Ross is a Warlpiri woman from the remote Central Australian community of Yuendemu. She started reading the ABC radio news last year and is proud to share her...

08 Jul 2016 Northern Territory News

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Aboriginal Language Detectives

Aboriginal Language Detectives

Bianca Monaghan and Dean Loadsman were born into the first generation of Wahlabul people to grow up with the freedom to practice their traditional language and culture, without being discouraged...

07 Jul 2016 New South Wales News

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NAIDOC Week in Byron Shire

NAIDOC Week in Byron Shire

THE annual NAIDOC week parade took place under brilliant blue skies with a crowd of around 200 making their way down Jobson Street from Railway Park to the Byron foreshore...

07 Jul 2016 New South Wales News

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Walking In Two Worlds and Learning To Speak Australian

Walking In Two Worlds and Learning To Speak Australian

Across Australia there are hundreds of different Aboriginal languages, some that are still spoken fluently across generations, and others that are endangered, and are in the process of being revived...

06 Jul 2016 Western Australia News

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Old Language Recordings, Dancing Dreams and a Proud Teacher

Old Language Recordings, Dancing Dreams and a Proud Teacher

Across Australia there are hundreds of different Aboriginal languages, some that are still spoken fluently across generations, and others that are endangered, and are in the process of being revived...

06 Jul 2016 Western Australia News

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Corey Theatre Keeps Traditional Language Alive

Corey Theatre Keeps Traditional Language Alive

This young musician is on a mission to stop Indigenous languages fading away.   Words are important to Corey Theatre. So too is the preservation of Indigenous Australian languages. Theatre is on...

06 Jul 2016 South Australia News

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Table Manners In The Bush and Waking a Sleeping Language

Table Manners In The Bush and Waking a Sleeping Language

Across Australia there are hundreds of different Aboriginal languages, some that are still spoken fluently across generations, and others that are endangered, and are in the process of being revived...

06 Jul 2016 Western Australia News

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NAIDOC 2016: School Leads Language Revival After Student Prompts Search for Indigenous Teacher

NAIDOC 2016: School Leads Language Revival After Student Prompts Search for Indigenous Teacher

A primary school in Melbourne's outer west has taken a lead in supporting Indigenous language revival by employing a young Wurundjeri man to teach its prep students.

06 Jul 2016 Victorian News

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NAIDOC Week: How Elders Are Reviving Aboriginal Language Through Children's Songs

NAIDOC Week: How Elders Are Reviving Aboriginal Language Through Children's Songs

The Aboriginal language of the Eora people is rarely spoken these days, but as a group of young children proved during a NAIDOC Week event in Sydney, many are eager...

06 Jul 2016 New South Wales News

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The Language Teachers

The Language Teachers

Across Australia there are hundreds of different Aboriginal languages, some that are still spoken fluently across generations, and others that are endangered, and are in the process of being revived...

06 Jul 2016 Northern Territory News

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Wiradjuri Siblings Inspiring Future Generations Through Cultural Education

Wiradjuri Siblings Inspiring Future Generations Through Cultural Education

Every week siblings Nakiya, Bevan and Dylan Smith visit preschools, primary schools and even universities around Canberra to teach students about the cultural heritage of the Wiradjuri people.

05 Jul 2016 Australian Capital Territory News

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Lost In Translation: Leading the Bunganditj Language Revival

Lost In Translation: Leading the Bunganditj Language Revival

"Martu karu. Nharingayn Brooke Joy. Ngathu bini Boandik parlarparlar." "Good day. My name is Brooke Joy and I am a proud Boandik woman."

05 Jul 2016 South Australia News

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Cleverman Showcases Revival of Australia's Indigenous Languages

Cleverman Showcases Revival of Australia's Indigenous Languages

The ABC TV series Cleverman is showcasing the revival of Australia's Indigenous languages.

04 Jul 2016 New South Wales News

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Sign Warning of Contamination in Rapid Creek 'Nonsensical' to Kriol Speakers

Sign Warning of Contamination in Rapid Creek 'Nonsensical' to Kriol Speakers

A Northern Territory Government sign warning people not to eat wildlife at a Darwin creek has been mistranslated into Kriol making it nonsensical, fluent speakers of the language say.

01 Jul 2016 Northern Territory News

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NAIDOC Week 2016. State Library of Queensland

NAIDOC Week 2016. State Library of Queensland

NAIDOC Week 2016 is nearly here and has the theme of Songlines: the living narrative of our nation. Songlines records the travel of ancestral spirits who ‘sung’ the land into...

30 Jun 2016 Queensland News

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