Blog: Indigenous Australian Languages
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Yolŋu Sign Language
CultureIndigenous Australian Languages23 Sep 2019 Dr Bentley James
Yolŋu Sign Language is a unique, endangered sign language of the Yolŋu people of North East Arnhem Land.
Nganapurru malngmarama balandanha runungura baman
War ServiceHistoryIndigenous Australian LanguagesCollection23 Apr 2019 Rita Metzenrath
A month after the bombing of Darwin in 1942, a parachute came down on Rirratjingu lands on Bremmer Island. Read how Wandjuk Marika rescued American pilot Flt Lt Clarence Sanford.
Wisdomatic Women Leader: The Spirit of Baymarrwaŋa
CultureIndigenous Australian Languages7 Mar 2019 Dr Bentley James
Laurie Baymarrwaŋa (1917-2014) was a humble and inspirational leader from the Crocodile Islands who spent a lifetime teaching and promoting Yolŋu language, knowledge and culture.
Indigenous Languages in Australian Parliaments
Indigenous languagesLanguageIndigenous Australian LanguagesHistoryResearch21 May 2018 Jacqueline Battin
As a part of AIATSIS’ Ngunawal Revival Project, we assisted in writing an acknowledgment of country in Ngunawal, which PM Malcom Turnbull has said in Parliament. But on what other occasions have Indigenous Australian languages been used in Parliament?
Searching for Something About Emus
Literature and storiesIndigenous Australian Languages5 Jul 2017 Murray Garde
I had been living and working in western Arnhem Land since the late 1980s and had learned languages which linguists now collectively refer to as Bininj Kunwok, so the obvious thing to do was to record the stories in the first language of those people who had expert knowledge about ngurrurdu or kurdukadji ‘the emu’.
Arthur Capell and language codes
Indigenous Australian LanguagesIndigenous languagesLinguisticsArchives and archivingAustralia’s heritage – The AIATSIS Collections11 Oct 2016 Dr Kazuko Obata
For many years, AIATSIS has been looking after Arthur Capell’s archive of over 230 reels that contain language recordings.
Archival finding aids and discoverability
Indigenous Australian LanguagesArchives and archivingAustralia’s heritage – The AIATSIS Collections5 Oct 2016 Fiona Blackburn
Archives, or manuscript collections, form over time. In the process, a structure develops, a shape which reflects the way the content has been created and organised.
Literacy in language
Indigenous Australian LanguagesLinguisticsLanguage14 Sep 2016 Amanda Lissarrague
The AIATSIS Australian Indigenous Languages Collection was established in 1981.