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Traditional tongues: Indigenous stories and first languages

Indigenous Storeis and First Languages

The dynamic partnership between ABC Open and First Languages Australia was the inspiration for a panel presentation at the recent Walkleys Storyology Conference in Sydney.

Following two years of committed collaboration between the organisations, this was the opportunity to let an audience of journalists from around Australia hear of the planning and creativity that has gone behind such projects as the Mother Tongue Project and Marrin Gamu—Many languages, one song competition.

First Languages Australia was represented on the panel by Committee member Bruce Pascoe and Wiradjuri language teacher Lionel Lovett, who has featured in some of the films. Sharing the panel were Solua Middleton from ABC Open, Allan Clarke from BuzzFeed and the session moderator, Jade Christian from NITV.

 

 

 

Nominate a teacher for the Patji-Dawes Award

The Patji-Dawes award honours outstanding achievements in language teaching by an accomplished practitioner in Australia. It reflects the belief that achieving proficiency in other languages is one of the great learning experiences in the human condition, that this happens all too rarely in contemporary Australian society, and that there is an unfilled need for public recognition of those who defy our national mediocrity in this arena.

The teaching may take place in any setting – school, university, private language school, government department, Indigenous community – provided that the learner is led, by the teacher’s inspiration, to a high level of mastery in the chosen language.

Nominations should be made by people who have achieved a high level in their chosen language and would like to honour their teacher by setting out what it was about their practice which inspired and enabled them to unlock the rewards of learning another language despite all the difficulties involved.

Find out more here.

 

 

 

Language Legends Help Create a Colorful Snapshot of Australia's Linguistic Diversity

GambayLL

"What better way to visualise the diversity of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages than with an online multimedia map?" 

First Languages Australia international partner Rising Voices have published a beautiful story about Gambay and our Language Legends. The story has been translated into six languages for sharing around the world: Ελληνικά, Français, русский, Español, Nederlands.

Read the English version here.

If you have, or would like to film, a clip of one of your language legends, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can add it to the map.

Position advertised: Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages Training Program

February 2017

The Research Network for Linguistic Diversity is looking for a new Director for their Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages Training Program (DRIL).


If you work well with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and you have a deep understanding of community calls for linguistic training, this could be the job for you.

Please see this link for the position description and application details.

Nominate for the 2017 IDX Awards

IDX Awards

The National Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Awards aim to recognise and reward Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples demonstrating digital excellence and promote and support new opportunities and ventures.

Nominations are open to individuals and organisations in rural, remote and urban communities. You can nominate yourself, someone you know or an organisation at idxawards.org.au.

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Screenshot from the nominated project Uti Kulintjaku, an innovative, Aboriginal-led mental health literacy project initiated by NPY Women’s Council.

 

 

 

Blood - An exhibition at the University of Melbourne's Science Gallery

Members of the Research Unit for Indigenous Language, are working with the Science Gallery at the University of Melbourne on an exhibition themed around 'blood'. They will have various exhibits about the scientific nature of blood, including a map of Australian languages displaying as many words for 'blood' as can be arranged by May.

The team are asking interested language workers to supply an mp3 file of someone from your community saying the word for 'blood' for the public display. Each speaker will be acknowledged in the documentation for the site. The files along with the language name and the speaker's name can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the display.

Puliima registrations open

Puliima

Puliima 2017, the sixth Indigenous Language and Technology Conference, will be held on October 16th-20th in Cairns, Queensland.

 
Puliima is a biennial event that brings people together from all over Australia to highlight and share the fantastic work being done in our traditional languages so that we can exchange ideas and learn from each other. This year Puliima events will run over four days and include Keynote Speakers, Panel Discussions, Seminars, Workshops, Entertainment and more.

The forum fills quickly so check the Puliima website for all the details.

 

 

Our Marrin Gamu Competition with ABC Splash is on again

In 2016, twenty-seven schools and community groups contributed Marrin Gamu entries with over 600 students participating. The quality of submissions was well above expected, with everyone putting in a tremendous effort.

As last year's winners, Yipirinya school received a visit from their local ABC Open producer to make a professional filming of their song ‘Alknge Irlpe’. The film will screen on ABC Me in the coming months.

Follow this link to view the entries

Runner's Up Dyandra Primary received a package of Noongar language resources for their school library, presented by local ABC Producer Hilary Smile.

ABC Splash has once again committed to promoting this competition encouraging collaboration between schools and their local language group/s around the translation and performance of a local version of Marrin Gamu.

This year, to ensure we make the best use of the excellent contributions, the submission of high-quality files will be possible. Contributions can still be recorded on phones and tablets. Just grab a tripod and send in the full quality version that you capture.

The competition opens 29th May. Click here for more information.

Priority Languages Support Project

Priority Languages Support Project.

First Languages Australia has been commissioned by the Ministry for the Arts to undertake the Priority Languages Documentation Project. The aim of this project is to identify critically endangered languages for which no recordings or documentation have been made.

First Languages Australia is working with language centres and projects around Australia to identify languages to be included in this project.

If you are aware of any Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander speakers of languages of which have never had any recordings or documentation undertaken, please contact us so that they can be included in the project.

A comprehensive strategy to address the objectives of the project is being developed based on community feedback.

This project is has also been known as the "Priority Languages Support Project” and “Priority Language Teams Project”. This project commenced in 2015 and is due to run for three years.

Round one saw the support of 10 priority languages including:
Pertame Southern Arrernte
Ngarla (Wangga)
Yinggarda (Yingkarta)
Warriyangga
Yeeman
Byelle
Taribelang
Wägilak/Ritharrŋu
Lower (Southern) Arrernte
Kunbarlang
Pertame Southern Arrernte
Ngarla (Wangga)
Yinggarda (Yingkarta)

Festival of Pacific Arts, 2016

GUAM FESTIVAL

 Report by Annalee Pope

The Festival of the Pacific Arts is held every four years and brings together artists and cultural practitioners from the 27 Pacific Islands nations and territories. This year the 12th Pacific Arts Festival took place in Guam, USA. The theme for this year's Festival is;

"Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta, Håfa Ta Påtte, Dinanña' Sunidu Siha Giya Pasifiku"
"What We Own, What We Have, What We Share, United Voices of the Pacific"

During the festival, an Indigenous Languages Conference was held at the University of Guam on the 27th and 28th of May. This inaugural conference provided an opportunity for all indigenous people to discuss the preservation, revival and maintenance of their indigenous languages.

Read more: Festival of Pacific Arts, 2016

Marrin Gamu on BtN Newsbreak, ABC3

Marrin Gamu on BtN Newsbreak ABC3

This video is an excerpt from ABC3's BtN Newsbreak, 23rd May 2016.

A big thank you to Natasha, Sarah and the BtN Newsbreak team for showcasing the project. You can watch watch the full episode here.

Or today's episode here.

 

Marrin Gamu Competition with ABC Splash

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First Languages Australia has partnered with ABC Splash in a Marrin Gamu competition. The competition is a fantastic opportunity to build a relationship with your local Indigenous community. Find out how!

First Languages Australia has developed Marrin Gamu, a song for Primary school children and teachers, to promote the diversity and beauty of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.


The Marrin Gamu song is designed for translation into local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages across Australia.


Australia has hundreds of first languages, and to celebrate National Reconciliation Week (27 May and 3 June), ABC Splash is collaborating with First Languages Australia to see Marrin Gamu sung in as many of these languages as possible.


We're inviting students and teachers to learn the English words to this short song and engage with their local Indigenous community to translate them into the first language of their area.


Once students have mastered a local version of the song, make a recording, then share and upload the video to the Splash competition page.


All entries will go in the running to receive the major prize: a visit from a professional video production team to film the students performing the song!


This competition will run until 10 August 2016, so that all schools have time to develop the necessary relationships and participate in the project.


Visit the Marrin Gamu website for an example to help get you started. There's also a range of curriculum-linked classroom activities developed around the project.

 

First Languages Australia join the United Nations International Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Languages

First Languages Australia was invited by the United Nations Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to participate in an expert group meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, January 2016.

Representatives of First Languages Australia Paul Paton and Daryn McKenny travelled New York to take part. 

The meeting Indigenous Languages: preservation and revitalization (articles 13, 14 and 16 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) was undertaken to build upon recommendations from the previous expert group meeting in 2008, focusing on the principles of cultural diversity and indigenous languages as a way to promote intercultural dialogue and affirm indigenous peoples identity.

Paul and Daryn had the opportunity to speak at the meeting about the state of language revival in Australia and demonstrate projects and initiatives which are making positive inroads into language revival and cultural strengthening.

To read more about the meeting click here

To find out more about the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues visit their websitefacebook or twitter page

 

P Paton and D McKenny UN Meeting

Daryn McKenny and Paul Paton. "When we started to get our language back, we got our power back" Daryn. Photo courtesy UN.

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