After an overwhelming response from language workers in North Queensland to our workshop in Brisbane it was decided that a workshop would be held in Cairns.The workshop was held in partnership with Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD) and North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Corporation Languages Centre (NQRACLC). We had a great turnout with participants from Cooktown, Wujal Wujal, Cardwell, Tully and Townsville regions.
The Cairns workshop was run by DRIL trainers Ebony Joachim and Margaret Florey. We had a very full first day, talking about linguistics, what it is and what linguists do. We explored morphology, and learnt some Master-Apprentice methods that was put into practice later in the day. Groups planned language learning sessions to present and demonstrate on each other using these new learned skills. Day two the groups presented sessions which included teaching numbers and animals in traditional language using a variety of Master-Apprentice techniques and methods. Discussions around language learning, training and accredited courses offered through RNLD was followed by Project Planning.
On the final day groups worked on Project planning and planned goals, objectives and outcomes for a language project they would like run. The plans were presented in a power point slide show using recording, technical and planning skills learnt throughout the workshop.
This group of people worked incredibly hard over the three days and I look forward in hearing how their projects are progressing.
Indigenous Languages, Project Officer, State Library of Queensland.