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VOTL 7 | Language, Aboriginal, Indigenous, Fatsil, Strait, Torres, Australian, Program | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
Voice of the Land - Volume 07 PDF Print E-mail
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Voice of the Land - Volume 7

Our Languages Are the Voice of the Land


From the Editor PDF Print E-mail

Faith Baisden
The faxes and letters come from everywhere - Spain, Japan, Malibu, Berlin, Cornwall, even Hawaii. But our favorite so far has to be from a lovely young German man, who visited Australia a few years back, and since then has been so taken with the culture that he wants the name under his newest tattoo to be in an Australian indigenous language.

Ngiyampaa Parliament PDF Print E-mail
A solemn moment during the ceremony. With the couple is their granddaughter April King.
A solemn moment during the ceremony. With the couple is their granddaughter April King.
It was neither your average wedding, nor an ordinary venue when Rose King and Arthur Kirby decided to marry in July last year. The Narrabundah couple drove past any number of quaintly steepled churches and immaculate reception lawns, making their way to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in front of Old Parliament House in Canberra. It was there that friends and family had gathered to witness the marriage ceremony and take part in the first wedding ever to be held on the site.
Language of the Month PDF Print E-mail

Tamsin speaking with Rose and Arthur after Donaldson the wedding.
Language features in historic, House ceremony

The Ngiyampaa language area is within the boundaries of the Lachlan, Darling and Bogan Rivers in the Central West of New South Wales.


Monash University Studies in Applied Linguistics PDF Print E-mail
How does language work? How is my language structured? What happens to languages in contact? How can indigenous
languages be preserved? How are second languages learned? What models of bilingual education would suit the various indigenous language communities in Australia?

Executives returned in FATSIL vote PDF Print E-mail
The FATSIL A.G.M. which was held in Melbourne in September, attracted a strong representation of members from around the country. Delegates presenting State reports provided a comprehensive overview of language project work across Australia.
Hervey Bay workshop produces the goods. PDF Print E-mail
Shirley Foley recording with Chris Knowles at the Hervey Bay Language and Multimedia Workshop.
Shirley Foley recording with Chris Knowles at the Hervey Bay Language and Multimedia Workshop.
Computer based learning applications, Internet home pages, graphics and photography were among topics covered at the Language and Multimedia Workshop held at Hefrvey Bay in August. A keen group of language workers from throughout Queensland gathered to explore the possibilities available to their project teams for effective use of computer technology. Assistance was provided by Dave Nathan, from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in Canberra. Dave led the group through planning and design to the production of a CD Rom, with the help of sound recordists (Chris Knowles Multimedia) and Cartoonist (Tony Brooks-Art by Design). The groups spent time examining issues such as the strengths and weaknesses of computer publishing, under¬standing audiences and educational design, before tackling the practical component of the workshop.
'Bringing them home' boosts language funds PDF Print E-mail
The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Senator John Herron has announced a $9million boost to language maintenance programs.

The Government's response to the Report into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families involves the release of the $9million of ATSIC funds over a three year period.

A number of the recommendations contained in Bringing them Home, the report from the national inquiry, proposed increased support for indigenous language, culture and history centres.

Guidelines have yet to be established for distribution, and ATSIC will be advertising availability and conditions for accessing the funds later in 1998.
Gamilaraay Language Program PDF Print E-mail
Year 4,5,6 Boggabilla Central School.
Year 4,5,6 Boggabilla Central School.
Yaama. We are writing to let you know that we are learning Gamilaraay, the language of our tribe. Our language hasn't been spoken for a long time from when white men came up here and put us on missions.

There are two places learning our language, Boggabilla and Toomelah. All kids from kindy to year 8 have lessons. It's going into TAFE soon too.
Evaluation of funding effectiveness PDF Print E-mail

The Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DEETYA) has commissioned an Australian National University team to undertake an evaluation of the Commonwealth School Languages Program.

Help in word search PDF Print E-mail

Could anyone help a correspondent from Mount Gambier who is attempting to trace the origins of a number of words. Here is Ronald Thomson's request:

Lost Issue PDF Print E-mail
Thanks for your enquiries after the October/November/ December 1997 issue of The Voice of the Land, and the support many of you have shown for the continued production of this newsletter. Unfortunately funds for the publication of the last issue weren't received until January 1998. We apologize to contributors whose articles couldn't be published because they had passed relevant deadlines.
1998 Australian Language Institute PDF Print E-mail

Addressing indigenous language issues

Bilingual programs, researching language and culture and designing a dictionary are just some of the topics proposed for the 1998 Australian Linguistics Institute, to be held in Brisbane next July 6 - 16th. The conference is staged every two years, providing a program of advanced and special interest courses for linguists and others involved in language, with workshops on linguistics and their practical applications.

Research supporting state projects PDF Print E-mail

Robyn Bradley and Antoinette Smith from the Victorian Corporation for Languages.
Robyn Bradley and Antoinette Smith from the Victorian Corporation for Languages.
For many individuals the idea of spending hour upon hour researching data is right up there with life's least appealing activities. Fortunately for those who need the facts but can't stand the files, Antoinette Smith, Language Research Officer with the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, doesn't share this aversion. Since April this year Antoinette has been working full time from the Museum of Victoria, delving into rarely visited corners of state libraries and research institutions to unearth an expanding store of data relevant to Victorian language and culture.

Muurbay class fosters talent. PDF Print E-mail
Gumbaynggir language students
Gumbaynggir language students
This cheerful group of Gumbaynggir language students have been attending classes through the Muurbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-op at Nambucca Heads. Working with Emily Walker, the students have progressed to writing their own stories and poetry, continuing the expansion of resources for future language work.
Torres Strait Islanders represented throughout Queensland PDF Print E-mail

Committee members; Mr Benny Bennyfather, Mr Ricky Guivarra, Mr Kailu George, Mr Francis Tapim and Chairperson, Mrs Maureen Newie
Committee members; Mr Benny Bennyfather, Mr Ricky Guivarra, Mr Kailu George, Mr Francis Tapim and Chairperson, Mrs Maureen Newie
Members of the Torres Strait Islander Language Management Program have chosen to conduct their operations through a State-wide governing committee rather than establish a new language centre for the region.

New Name for KRALC PDF Print E-mail

The Katherine Regional Aboriginal Language Centre Aboriginal Corporation has changed its name to Diwurruwurru-Jaru Aboriginal Corporation.

P.O. Box 89
6 Pearce St.
Katherine N.T. 0851
Ph. 08 8971 1233
Fax. 08 8971 0561

Survey Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Language Initiative Program PDF Print E-mail

FATSIL, as the peak body for indigenous languages is continually updating data on language projects around Australia. Do we have up to the minute news of programs operating, completed or planned for future implementation in your area?

The information collated is vital for the preparation of submissions to funding bodies, for informed contact with national and international media, and to ensure that FATSIL delegates fully understand the needs of working groups within their regions. So please grab a coffee and complete the questionnaire below. You can fax, post or email the responses to us at the addresses over the page. Your help in this is greatly appreciated, and means that as a united body, FATSIL can continue to expand the services provided in relation to the preservation and support of indigenous languages in Australia.

Your FATSIL delegates PDF Print E-mail

Lester Coyne

20 Bowman St.
South Perth WA 6151
08 9367 9304
OP 9367 9266 fax.