Yurntumu-wardingki juju-ngaliya-kurlangu yawulyu: Warlpiri women’s songs from Yuendumu

During 2016, Warlpiri women held three yawulyu revitalisation workshops in Yuendumu. Many generations of Warlpiri women attended, singing various yawulyu, painting the associated body designs, performing the dances and telling the associated stories. During these workshops a book has been compiled titled Yurntumu-wardingki juju-ngaliya-kurlangu yawulyu: Warlpiri women’s songs from Yuendumu which will be published in early… Read more »

Maningrida language map

This language map shows places in the Maningrida region and the languages that belong to different parts of country. Place names are spelt in the standard spelling of the language for that country. Map created by Brenda Thornley, based on earlier versions from Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation and Maningrida College. Click here for a larger version

Arrpenhe-nthenhe 2017 | Indigenous Language film program

In 2016 the Something Somewhere Film Festival was presented for the first time in Alice Springs. For the 2017 festival we have put together a program of films that are full of the languages of Central Australia. With the help of Arrernte elder MK Turner we have named the program Arrpenhe-nthenhe – meaning ‘where’s the other one?’ See the Something Somewhere… Read more »

Nga-ni kun-red ngarduk man-djewk na-kudji | A year in my country

  Batchelor Institute and Batchelor Institute Press are proud to present Nga-ni kun-red ngarduk man-djewk na-kudji  ‘A year in my country’, published in 2017. Link to Batchelor Institute Press to purchase the book. This is a book about seasons on Kune country by Jill Yirrindili and Aung Si, with illustrations by Jennifer Taylor. Nga-ni kun-red ngarduk man-djewk… Read more »

Maningrida languages | sounds, writing and spelling

In the past Aboriginal languages were not written down. Ways of writing developed through the work of linguists and anthropologists who came to Arnhem Land to study the language, and missionaries who came to teach people about the bible and to translate it into local languages. When bilingual education started in the 1970s, it became important to produce… Read more »

A guide to Maningrida language resources

Over the years many people have worked to develop language teaching and learning resources for the languages in the Maningrida region. Much of this work came about as part of the Burarra/Gun-nartpa and Ndjébbana bilingual programs at Maningrida CEC from the late 1970s to 2008. Some was created through bible translation work and liturgy translation, especially… Read more »

Pertame Project

Pertame (Southern Arrernte) is a language that belongs to the country south of Alice Springs. Pertame people lived along the Lhera Pirnta (Finke River) for tens of thousands of years, in small family groups, hunting, gathering and fishing. Colonisation devastated the Pertame population through massacres and new diseases. Those who survived worked for rations as stockman… Read more »

Bird Apps | A Getting in Touch project

Senior language consultants from a number of different language groups are currently working on a set of apps about birds. These apps are presenting bird pictures, the sound of bird calls, the names of birds and short stories in language. The languages that are part of the Indigenous bird app project so far are: Kaytetye,… Read more »

Gurr-goni Dictionary Project

Mu-goni dictionary ngatjbulorndo ngatjburru njiwurr-mu-murnongi arrapu at-bu-burrkarl yandu gurl awurr-bogo, reading awurr-ningu, guwubarrwirdi, arrapu njiwu-barrwirdi ngatjburrupu njiwurr-murnongi. Balanda borrlorndo, yandu read awurr-ningu an-nji an-nalitji mubu ngutjin mutdjat gun-ngatjburru wetji Gurr-goni. Wurlek. This dictionary is for us adults, and also for the children, so when they go to school they will read and remember it, and… Read more »

Jardiwanpa yawulyu | Warlpiri women’s songs from Yuendumu

Batchelor Institute and Batchelor Institute Press are proud to present Jardiwanpa yawulyu: Warlpiri women’s songs from Yuendumu By: Coral Napangardi Gallagher and Peggy Nampijinpa Brown, with Georgia Curran and Barbara Napanangka Martin Cover image: Jardiwanpa Jukurrpa (Ancestral Snake Dreaming), 2009, by Connie Nakamarra White, acrylic on canvas, reproduced courtesy of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation. Copyright the… Read more »

Mewal Song Project

Films from the Mewal song project Mewal – A Marrangu songline Wakwak – Crow dance at Gulerri   The Mewal songs are part of an ancient performance tradition, often referred to as bunggul in north-central Arnhem Land. The Mewal story, songs and dances are owned by the Wurrkigandjarr clan group (Marrangu Djinang) and performed by… Read more »