The languages research workshop was a great way to end the year. We had participants from all around Queensland including a linguistic student from Griffith University. Some of the communities represented were Gayndah; Eidsvold; Cairns; Cherbourg; Hope Vale; Mackay; Aurukun; Barcaldine; Tambo; Winton[Diamantina]; Mt Isa and Brisbane.
A quick look at the week:
Day one started with introductions from staff and the group followed by the participants exploring the State Library collections.
Day two was a site visit to the Queensland State Archives at Runcorn which provided participants with further information on available language resources.
Day three was a visit to University of Queensland, which featured an introduction to the Fryer Library and their collections with the afternoon session back at State Library for ongoing research.
Day four highlight was a visit to the Yugambeh Museum, Language & Heritage Research Centre (Beenleigh) with a focus on their language activities across the region. This experience was to provide participants with ideas and strategies to take back to their language communities.
Day five provided an opportunity for participants to consolidate their research activity and explore the next steps in their language journeys. Discussions centred on activities they were involved in and what they were planning for the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019.The workshop wrapped up with an open forum and video link up to Department of Communications and the Arts, Canberra, sharing and reflecting on future direction of language revival and maintenance.
A big thank you to everyone who assisted us with the workshop especially Nakita (kd staff), VIS staff Leang, Amanda and Jennie for all their hard work throughout the week.
Indigenous Languages Project Officer
State Library of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Webpages
State Library of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Map