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Steve Kilbey Joins Gina Williams to Sing Under The Milky Way in Noongar Language Perth singer Gina Williams is committed to preserving the Noongar language through music, and a chance meeting with The Church's Steve Kilbey led to them unexpectedly performing an Australian classic together.
Cultural Card Game Revives Indigenous Pilbara Language The creators of a cultural card game in the Pilbara say it is reviving language and teaching the complexity of the local skin group systems.
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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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Archie Roach and Corey Theatre Find Common Ground

Archie Roach and Corey Theatre Find Common Ground

One is a mainstay of the Australian and Indigenous music scenes, the other a rising voice aiming to preserve the Gunditj-Mara language through song. Archie Roach and Corey Theatre spoke...

27 Sep 2016 South Australia News

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Video Game Offers New Life to Ancient Indigenous Language

Video Game Offers New Life to Ancient Indigenous Language

The world's first Aboriginal Australian language video game has put smiles on the faces of Indigenous children who never thought they'd see their culture reflected in a game.

27 Sep 2016 Australian Capital Territory News

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Review: Barrangal Dyara (Skin and Bones) Was Made Flesh

Review: Barrangal Dyara (Skin and Bones) Was Made Flesh

On a Sydney September night last week, ghosts with shields danced on the flat grass outside the Rose Garden Pavilion at the Royal Botanic Garden. The Bangarra Dance Theatre eloquently...

26 Sep 2016 New South Wales News

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Steve Kilbey Joins Gina Williams to Sing Under The Milky Way in Noongar Language

Steve Kilbey Joins Gina Williams to Sing Under The Milky Way in Noongar Language

Perth singer Gina Williams is committed to preserving the Noongar language through music, and a chance meeting with The Church's Steve Kilbey led to them unexpectedly performing an Australian classic...

23 Sep 2016 Western Australia News

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Why Australia is Home to One of the Largest Language Families in the World

Why Australia is Home to One of the Largest Language Families in the World

The first person to set foot on the continent of Australia was a woman named Warramurrungunji. She emerged from the sea onto an island off northern Australia, and then headed...

21 Sep 2016 National News

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Psychologists Issue Official Apology to Aboriginal People

Psychologists Issue Official Apology to Aboriginal People

They contributed to the mistreatment of Aboriginal people and the erosion of their culture and, even today, fail to properly understand how to help Aboriginal people under their care.

15 Sep 2016 National News

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Swan View SHS Students Treated to Performance of Shakespeare in Noongar

Swan View SHS Students Treated to Performance of Shakespeare in Noongar

YIRRA Yaakin Aboriginal Theatre Company visited Swan View Senior High School last week to perform a sonnet of Shakespeare in Noongar.

08 Sep 2016 Western Australia News

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Alawa Colouring Book Helps Keep Language Alive.

Alawa Colouring Book Helps Keep Language Alive.

Katherine based Enterprise Learning Projects (ELP) has worked with the community of Minyerri to produce a beautiful colouring book to help children learn and preserve the Alawa language.

07 Sep 2016 Northern Territory News

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We Talk In Wubuy But Children Reply In Kriol – Numbulwar School on a Language

We Talk In Wubuy But Children Reply In Kriol – Numbulwar School on a Language Rescue Mission

For more than a decade, the school has run a revitalisation program for the traditional language of the Nunggubuyu people.

06 Sep 2016 Northern Territory News

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Why Old Theories On Indigenous Counting Just Won’t Go Away

Why Old Theories On Indigenous Counting Just Won’t Go Away

My Australian-educated friends tell me they were taught at school that all Aboriginal people only counted one, two, three, four and many. While it might be the case for some...

05 Sep 2016 National News

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Ngaya Ngyamitjimitang. This Is All I Can Say In My Own Language, and It Is

Ngaya Ngyamitjimitang. This Is All I Can Say In My Own Language, and It Is Painful For Me

It seems extraordinary that I am writing about why Australians should know something about Australian languages. How can anyone really know this country if they do not know its languages?

05 Sep 2016 National News

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No English at Home: Nunavut Parents Go To Great Lengths to Teach Children Inuktitut

No English at Home: Nunavut Parents Go To Great Lengths to Teach Children Inuktitut

'Language is not just language; it's the way you transmit culture'.

04 Sep 2016 International

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Miriwoong Waniwoogeng! Language is the Only Way to Understand Our Ancient Culture

Miriwoong Waniwoogeng! Language is the Only Way to Understand Our Ancient Culture

Only a handful of frail elders speak our language. Our youth can save it, but the language can also save our youth and reconnect them with their heritage.

04 Sep 2016 National News

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Ya Pulingina. Bringing These Words To Life is an Extension of Our Identity

Ya Pulingina. Bringing These Words To Life is an Extension of Our Identity

Fanny Cochrane Smith’s death was a terrible blow to Tasmania’s languages but, nearly a century later, the Pakana people decided to revive their native tongue.

03 Sep 2016 National News

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Arnhem Land Early Childhood Program Trying to Divert Young People From Child Protection, Detention

Arnhem Land Early Childhood Program Trying to Divert Young People From Child Protection, Detention

An early childhood program working with Indigenous communities in west Arnhem Land is trying to divert young people from the child protection and justice systems.

03 Sep 2016 Northern Territory News

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Introducing 'Noongarpedia' – Australia's First Indigenous Wikipedia

Introducing 'Noongarpedia' – Australia's First Indigenous Wikipedia

The people who have occupied south-west Western Australia for 30,000 years are determined to ensure the survival of their Noongar language.

02 Sep 2016 Western Australia News

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Cultural Card Game Revives Indigenous Pilbara Language

Cultural Card Game Revives Indigenous Pilbara Language

The creators of a cultural card game in the Pilbara say it is reviving language and teaching the complexity of the local skin group systems.

02 Sep 2016 Western Australia News

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Yamandhu Marang? Language Does Not Belong To People, It Belongs To Country

Yamandhu Marang? Language Does Not Belong To People, It Belongs To Country

It was a language that almost died but the efforts of a community – and one man – have brought Wiradjuri back to life.

01 Sep 2016 New South Wales News

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First Aboriginal Female Lower House MP Linda Burney’s Moving Maiden Speech

First Aboriginal Female Lower House MP Linda Burney’s Moving Maiden Speech

THE first indigenous female MP elected to the House of Representatives broke all the rules and moved the House to tears with her maiden speech.

01 Sep 2016 National News

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If Language Tells Us Who We Are, Then Who Am I?

If Language Tells Us Who We Are, Then Who Am I?

Inspired by my father and to honour the traditions of our people, I have learned more of the Wiradjuri language. But I am the sum of many parts.

31 Aug 2016 National News

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Tears, Song and History as the Lower House Welcomes Linda Burney as its First Aboriginal

Tears, Song and History as the Lower House Welcomes Linda Burney as its First Aboriginal Woman

They don't often sing songs from the public gallery in the nation's Parliament; speakers don't usually wear kangaroo-skin cloaks, and politicians from opposing sides don't normally hug, shed a tear...

31 Aug 2016 National News

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Waking Our Sleeping Indigenous Languages: 'We're In The Midst of a Resurgence'

Waking Our Sleeping Indigenous Languages: 'We're In The Midst of a Resurgence'

While the vast number of Indigenous languages are considered endangered, there are many that have a good chance of survival if they are nurtured.

31 Aug 2016 National News

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New Research Suggets Cell Phones Are Helping Save Endangered Languages

New Research Suggets Cell Phones Are Helping Save Endangered Languages

Texting and emailing may actually be helping to save endangers languages, rather than contributing to their demise, new research suggests.

30 Aug 2016 International

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Fellowship To Support Preservation of Audiovisual Indigenous Heritage

Fellowship To Support Preservation of Audiovisual Indigenous Heritage

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in remote Australia can now apply to receive support and be empowered to archive and preserve their audiovisual cultural heritage.

29 Aug 2016 National News

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When a Word Can Mean So Much: The Language of Identity

When a Word Can Mean So Much: The Language of Identity

A project to revive near-extinct traditional languages and teach them at primary school is getting remarkable results in a Central Queensland community.

24 Aug 2016 Queensland News

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Push to Revive Indigenous Languages at School

Push to Revive Indigenous Languages at School

MANY Australians have never met an Aboriginal and are probably not aware that they use indigenous words every day.

24 Aug 2016 New South Wales News

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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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