2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages ‘Word of the Week’: Week Three.

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As part of State Library’s commitment to the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, we will be promoting a ‘word of the week’ from one of the 125+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects from across Queensland.

IY2019 ‘Word of the Week’: Week 3.

Captain Cook’s Journal Saturday 23 July, 1770 – One of the Men saw an Animal something less than a greyhound; it was of a Mouse Colour, very slender made, and swift of Foot. On Saturday 4 August, Cook wrote in his journal that the animal was ‘called by the Natives Kangooroo, or Kanguru’. 

Kangaroo from the painting by George Stubbs, Endeavour Journal of Joseph Banks.

The word of the week was suggested by Dora Gibson, IKC Coordinator, Hope Vale!

Gangurru is the first recorded word for an Aboriginal language and was written down by Lt James Cook with an accompanying sketch by Joseph Banks while the Endeavour was being repaired near Cooktown.

State Library of Queensland invites you to celebrate the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages as we raise awareness of the rich diversity of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Join the conversation as we post a new word for each week!

Week Three 15-21 January 2019.

#IYIL2019 #IYIL

 

Desmond Crump

Indigenous Languages Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

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References

This week’s ‘word of the week’ has been suggested by Hope Vale Community.

Cook, J. and Wharton, W.J. L. (1968) Captain Cook’s journal during his first voyage round the world, made in H.M. Bark Endeavour, 1768-71 : a literal transcription of the original mss. / With notes and introduction edited by Captain W.J.L. WhartonQ 910.4 COO Online version also available.

Image:  Kangaroo from the painting by George Stubbs, in Endeavour Journal of Joseph BanksJ 910.09164 BAN

 

Further Reading

Other materials in the State Library collections relating to Guugu Yimithirr include the following:

Banks, J. and Dalton, J. D.  (2011) Journal of the Right Hon. Sir Joseph Banks during Captain Cook’s First Voyage in H.M.S. Endeavour in 1768-71. 910.41 BAN 2011 Online version available.

Banks, J. and Beaglehole, J. C. (1962) Endeavour journal of Joseph Banks 1768-1771J 910.09164 BAN 

Cook, J. and Wharton, W.J. L. (1968) Captain Cook’s journal during his first voyage round the world, made in H.M. Bark Endeavour, 1768-71 : a literal transcription of the original mss. / With notes and introduction edited by Captain W.J.L. WhartonQ 910.4 COO  Online version also available.

De Zwaan, J. (1969) A preliminary analysis of Gogo-Yimidjir: a study of the structure of the primary dialect of the Aboriginal language spoken at the Hopevale Mission in North Queensland. Q499.15 dez

Gordon, T. and Haviland, J. (1980) Milbi: Aboriginal tales from Queensland’s Endeavour RiverJUVQ 398.20994 GOR

Haviland, J. (1979) ‘Guugu Yimidhirr’, in Handbook of Australian languages. Vol 1. J 499.15 HAN Online version available.

Hope Vale Community Learning Centre (2006) Mangal-bungal: Clever with hands, baskets and stories woven by some of the women of Hopevale, Cape York Peninsula. P920.72 MAN

King, P P (1969 – facsimile edition) Narrative of a survey of the intertropical and western coasts of Australia : performed between the years 1818 and 1822. J 919.402 KIN Online version available.

Koko Yalanji and Koko Yimidir people – spoken word Bible lessons. QKIT 781.629915 KOK

Roth, W. E. (1898-1903) “Reports to the Commissioner of Police and others, on Queensland aboriginal peoples 1898-1903.” FILM 0714

State Library of Queensland Indigenous Languages Project – Eric Deeral Digital Story

Sutton, P. (ed) (1974) Languages of Cape York: papers presented to the Linguistic Symposium, Part B, held in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Biennial General Meeting, May 1974. Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies: Canberra. G 499.15 1976