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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. State Library’s ‘word of the week’ for Week Twenty-Seven is gunbu [pronounced gun-boo], from the KuKu … Read more

Cape York – Indigenous Languages Workshops

State Library of Queensland partnered with Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD), Pama Language Centre and North Qld. Regional Aboriginal Corporation Language Centre to host Indigenous Languages Workshops at the Hope Vale IKC and Mossman State School. Workshops were tailored to meet the community needs and to help them reach their language goals through the DRIL Program. … 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

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

Researching Indigenous Languages

Recently, the State Library held an Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop allowing community language workers from across Queensland to access the State Library collections. This is an annual event which supports the ongoing documentation and preservation of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. We hosted 22 language workers from the NPA to South-East Queensland. … 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