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2019 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES ‘WORD OF THE WEEK’: WEEK EIGHTEEN.

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 Eighteen is yakka [pronounced yak-kah], from the Yugarabul … Read more

Kuril

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

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

Wordlists from Commonwealth Games venues

State Library of Queensland has been compiling a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language wordlists from historical items in the collections and making these available to communities and language workers via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages webpages. The State Library of Queensland acknowledges that the language heritage and knowledge of these wordlists … Read more

New version of Yugambeh Language App!

Yugambeh App logo [Yugambeh Museum website]

Just in time for NAIDOC 2016, Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre has launched the latest version of their language app which features seven (7) Queensland Aboriginal languages as well as ‘how to say g’day’ in 50+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. In April 2014, the Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre at Beenleigh … Read more

NAIDOC Week 2015

NAIDOC Week 2015.

NAIDOC Week’s theme for 2015 “We all stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate” highlights the ongoing spiritual connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to land and sea. It also provides a focus for schools, communities, IKCs and libraries to celebrate Indigenous culture and language. Connection to country also reinforces the connection of language … Read more

Indigenous Language maps

South-east Queensland, Watson Papers OM73-20.

A common query at the State Library relates to language areas or locations of where Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages were traditionally spoken. Within the collections,  State Library holds a range of cartographic resources such as tribal or language maps that are valuable sources for researchers interested in the Indigenous cultural heritage of Queensland. … Read more