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2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages: Word of the Week – Week Forty-Four.

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. This week’s word is mija [pronounced mee-jah] from the Dyirbal language of North Queensland. It means … Read more

More greetings in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

Following on from the original “Say G’day” initiative, State Library has compiled additional words for greetings, ‘good day’, etc. for use in local communities. The 2017 NAIDOC Theme of ‘Our Languages Matter’ created a lot of interest in Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.  From an initial list of 25, State Library has over … Read more

Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop, 7-10 December 2015.

Nga-chan-ji Tribe, Roth (1901).

Final preparations are underway for the State Library’s annual Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop to be held in December. This research event is aimed at language workers and community members who are currently working/have an interest in traditional languages and supporting language revival programs in communities. It allows language workers and community members to explore the collections … Read more

Cairns Language Workshop [22-23 April]

Words of our country, Dixon (1991).

As part of its’ Indigenous Languages Strategy, the State Library will be co-hosting an Indigenous Languages Workshop in Cairns from 22-23 April.  This workshop will be a great opportunity to explore the languages and dialects of the region, including Yidinj, Djirbal, Djabugay, Yalanji and related dialects. Within the Cairns Region, there were four main language groups with … Read more

Roth ‘The Aborigines of Rockhampton and surrounding coast districts (with vocabularies)’

A rather innocuous item in the State Library collections is entitled “Reports to the Commissioner of Police and others, on Queensland aboriginal peoples 1898-1903” by W E Roth FILM 0714 Inside this item is a veritable treasure trove of language and cultural material from the turn of the Twentieth Century from Central Queensland through to Far … Read more