Elders of the three language groups at Mowanjum Community – Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunambal – have been working together with CALL to document their languages and to produce books, talking books and language learning resources to help strengthen their languages and keep them strong in the future.
CALL partners with the Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre on the Gibb River Road in Derby.
The result of the Mowanjum Elders’ work has been the development of a number of books. These include seven sets of readers in Worrorra, four sets of readers in Ngarinyin and two sets of readers in Wunambal. A talking book and learning resources accompany each book. The elders have also provided language to develop a series of posters to support language revitalisation in the community and in schools. Several of these resources are available from the Batchelor Press catalogue.
The latest book to come from the Mowanjum project is about birds, called: Jirigi Jinda Ardangarri, Burnarri Anja, Diigu Aagala – Birds
This book tells us the names of birds in Ngarinyin, Worrorra and Wunambal Gaambara languages.