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VOTL 12 | Language, Indigenous, Mdash, Aboriginal, Fatsil, National, Education, Queensland | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
 
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Voice of the Land - Volume 12

 Our Languages Are the Voice of the Land

The FATSIL NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 1999
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CORPORATION OF LANGUAGES
VOLUME 12

 

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Billy Trott
Forum calls for more Govt support for languages


The Speakers at the FATSIL National Indigenous Languages Forum, held in Perth in early October, targeted the need for Government to upgrade languages to a priority area, when allocating resources for indigenous cultural heritage.

RIGHT: Billy Trott was one of the large group from Kalgoorlie who helped with the display at the National Indigenous Languages Expo in Perth.

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From the Editor PDF Print E-mail

Faith
Faith Baisden
THERE may be some of you who don't know that the FATSIL office has a staff of two part- time workers, which means there aren't too many fights over the leave roster, but the Christmas break-up can get a little predictable.

It also means that when one of us is sick, the chaos level can skyrocket.

Our secretary, Ysola Best is in that predicament at the moment. It's over four months now since anyone has seen her walk fully upright and she faces spending her Christmas holidays recovering from back surgery.

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New Face on FATSIL Executive PDF Print E-mail
 DOUG Abbott, from Alice

Springs — Northern Territory was elected to the FATSIL Executive Committee at the recent AGM. He will take up the position of Honorary Secretary and joins Chairperson, Lester Coyne, WA; Vice Chairperson, Denise Karpany, SA, and Sandra Smith from Victoria who has returned to the position of Treasurer. Ysola Best was appointed as the Public Officer: Thanks were given to outgoing executive members Eve Fesl and Jill Gallagher for the time and effort they have given to their duties on the committee, and to Lyle Johnson and Linda Turner who had served as State delegates.
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Clockwise from back left: Doug Abbott, Sandra Smith, Denise Karpany and Lester Coyne.

 A big thanks to Professor Sally Morgan and Ray Hart, from the Centre for Indigenous History and the Arts at the University of Western Australia, for their help in preparing for the EXPO and Forum. Ray spent many patient hours behind the video camera, capturing footage for a FATSIL blockbuster.  
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Professor Sally Morgan and Ray Hart
 
Language of the Month PDF Print E-mail

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Aretha Briggs and David Wirrpanda
YortaYorta [Victoria]
Yorta Yorta is the language of the people whose ancestral homeland radiates from the junction of the Goulburn and Murray Rivers in North East Victoria.

STRONG family ties and sharing of knowledge across the generations, have enabled the YortaYorta language to survive, in part, to the present day, despite more than one hundred and fifty years of contact with English speakers.

RIGHT: The grandchildren of Geraldine Briggs, Aretha Briggs and David Wirrpanda, are both Yorta Yorta speakers. Aretha teaches the language to students at Worawa College. David learned the language and songs through both formal lessons and directly from his grandmother.

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Papalu Apparr-Kari - Home of Language PDF Print E-mail
THE Barkly Region in the Northern Territory covers an area the size ofVictoria and extends from Tennant Creek northeast to the Gulf and east to the Queensland border.

Papulu Apparr-Kari Aboriginal Corporation is a title that comes from the Warumungu nation. It means 'home of language'. In total there are sixteen dialects of language spoken in the Barkly Region. These are; Warumungu, Warlpiri,Warlmanpa, Kaititj, Alyawarr, Wanbaya, Waanyi, Mara, Garrawa, Kudanji,Wakaya, Yanyuwa, Binbinga, Ngarnga, Mudburra and Jingili.
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New Contacts Directory PDF Print E-mail

Contacts directory
Contacts directory
Copies of the new National Indigenous Languages Contacts Directory are now available from FATSIL.

To request your free copy please write or fax to:
The Secretary
FATS I L
PO Box 1429
Beenleigh Qld 4207 Fax: 07 3807 8922

 
Clear outcomes from Queensland State Language Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Olivia Robinson from Brisbane with Hervey Bay representative, Fiona Foley at the Brisbane conference in June.
QUEENSLAND language workers have prepared a proposal for the State Minister for Education, calling for changes to the LOTE program to include indigenous language as a study option where available.

Two days of solid work produced a range of constructive proposals from the Queensland State Language Conference, held in Brisbane at the end of June.

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Your FATSIL delegates PDF Print E-mail

Lester Coyne
Chairperson

Perth,Western Australia
Mobile 0412994624
PO Box 1249
Perth WA 6105

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Back to class with new skills PDF Print E-mail

Graduates of the West Australian Education Department's Aboriginal languages teacher training course
Graduates of the West Australian Education Department's Aboriginal languages teacher training course
REPORT BY LOLA JONES
KIMBERLEY DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICE


THIRTEEN Aboriginal people graduated from the Education Department's first Aboriginal Languages Teacher Training course in Dampier in July.

Elders and representatives of the Ngarluma people in Dampier attended the graduation.

The program is part of the Department's commitment to preserving Aboriginal languages by teaching them in schools.

Right: Graduates of the West Australian Education Department's Aboriginal languages teacher training course are:

Patsy Bedford — Bunuba Jacqueline Barry — Wajarri Kerry Churnside —Yindjibarndi Violet Carter — Bardi Marion Cheedy —Yindjibarndi Gloria Dann — Noongar argaret Dalbin — Kartujarra Charmaine Hayden — Noongar Merindah Hansen — Noongar Irene Hayes —Yindjibarndi David Rogers —Walmajarri Doreen Street — Gooniyandi Allery Sandy —Yindjibarndi
 

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Publication, products, programs - all the best on show! PDF Print E-mail

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Presenter Dale Pascoe from Maningrida, Home Liaison Officer at Maningrida Community Education Centre.
THE IDEA of a national forum to display the wide range of material generated from language programs was welcomed by exhibitors and visitors to the National Indigenous Languages Expo. With everything from caps and card games to full colour picture books and syllabus resource material, there were plenty of ideas to stimulate the development of new programs or the enrichment of those already in place. For many of the people attending, this was their first opportunity to see the work from other areas.


The Expo not only helped share ideas for new programs, but allowed language workers the chance to make personal 'contacts' that will be invaluable for future work.

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Indigenous Servicemen and Women to be honoured in National Register PDF Print E-mail
ABOVE: INDIGENOUS SERVICEMEN IN DARWIN DURING WORLD WAR II
ABOVE: INDIGENOUS SERVICEMEN IN DARWIN DURING WORLD WAR II
FOR many years now, the Yugambeh people of South East Queensland have honoured all Indigenous servicemen and women who served in defence of their country, at an annual memorial service at Burleigh Heads.

Support for the commemoration grows each year, and a national register is being compiled, with information coming from family members rather than relying on official service records. It's known that there were people who did not want to identify themselves as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander at the time of enlistment because of the discriminatory regulations of the Defence Act.
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Extracts of a letter from George Pollock PDF Print E-mail
"FRIENDS, by way of introduction, my name is George Pollock, and I am a member of the Burleigh Heads Sub-branch of the R.S.L. During WW2 I served as an artillery gunner in Darwin in the years 1942-43 and a few months into 44.

I was stationed on the west side of the Darwin Harbour at a place called "Waugite Battery", in contact with members of the Waugite people at Delissaville Aboriginal settlement where we obtained fresh water for our camp.

The army enlisted the superintendent Mr Jack Murray and quite a number of the men of the Waugite, Larrikia and the Tiwi people from Bathurst and Melville Island.

This group became known as the "Black Watch" and served as guides for the mounted unit of A.I.F. who did coast watching duties throughout the rough country of the Cox Peninsula.

The combined unit was known as the "Nackaroos" or Curtin's Cowboys.

A similar unit was set up under Naval command using small craft in their search for Jap landings.

Please see photo (over) of Naval unit.
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