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Mpakwithi and Guugu Yimidhirr children’s books

Pama Language Centre was established in 2015 to work with the language nations of Cape York Peninsula to record, revive, revitalise and maintain their ancestral languages. Amongst the many projects and activities that the Centre is involved in is publishing and selling books in traditional Cape York languages. These languages include Mpakwithi and Guugu Yimidhirr … Read more

International Mother Language Day: 21 February 2018

Wednesday 21 February marks International Mother Language Day – a day set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness of the loss of Indigenous languages across the world. The United Nations  website highlights some sobering statistics about the current state of traditional indigenous languages. More than 50 per cent of the approximately 7,000 languages spoken … Read more


Local Brisbane historian Dr Ray Kerkhove has brought to my attention the uncertainty around the meaning of the word ‘kuril’. The popular or commonly accepted meaning is that of the white-tailed water rat; hence Kurilpa = place of the white-tailed water rat. Kurilpa Point and the Kurilpa bridge also bears the name as well as … Read more