Gurr-goni dictionary launch
We are pleased and proud to announce the launch of the Gurr-goni Dictionary on 14 April at Maningrida College in Maningrida.
After being smoked, the dictionaries are formally presented to Leila Nimbadja and Rebecca Green by Alwyn Carter, An-nguliny clan, Mason Scholes, coordinator of the Lúrra Language and Culture Program at Maningrida College, and Margaret Carew from Batchelor Institute. Photo by David Mason.
Margaret Carew, Rebecca Green, Leila Nimbadja and May Miorgar just after the presentation. Photo by David Mason.
Dave Glasgow and his wife Kathy flew out from Darwin for the launch. Dave and Kathy arrived at Maningrida in the early 1960s, and lived there for many years, translating the bible into Burarra and writing the Burarra dictionary. Rebecca Green stayed at their place when she first arrived in Maningrida at the end of 1986. Photo by David Mason.
Gerard Jawrarla, Zelanda Watson, Leonie Watson, and Rebecca Green. Photo by David Mason.
Leila Nimbadja and May Miorgar are seated, their nephew Moses Watson is standing between them, and Leila’s daughter Nicole KalaKala is standing at the back left with her daughter Tessa. (Back right is Sheena Watson.) Photo by David Mason.
May Miorgar, Rebecca Green and Leila Nimbadja.
A family photo, with nearly all the family who were at the launch of the Gurr-goni Dictionary at Maningrida in April 2016. Standing, left to right: Shaun Watson, Anthea Brown, Paul Watson holding his daughter Yinbidja, Zelanda Watson, Margaret Carew behind Sheila Watson, Alistair James (teaches Kuninjku and Ndjébbana in the Lúrra L&C program; his mother’s mother’s mother was Gurr-goni), Sylvani Watson, Gerard Watson, Moses Watson, Afrina Watson, Randy Watson, Nicole KalaKala with Tessa. Seated, left to right: May Miorgar with Leonie Watson, Leila Nimbadja with Wayne Watson, Gerard Jawrarla with ?, Rebecca Green with Gaby Watson. Photo by David Mason.
For more information about the Gurr-goni Dictionary, click here.
Dictionaries are valuable reference tools for teaching and learning languages in schools and the community.
Artwork by Joe Injamul, Gurrgoni people, Sacred Dilly Bag, natural pigments on eucalyptus bark, 91.8 x 58 cm, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 1982, © Family of the artist