Seeing the light side of serious work PDF Print E-mail

Corey Walker introduces Kinta, an extremely cooechidna, as the main character in a new language book with illustrations by Annie Lambert.
Corey Walker introduces Kinta, an extremely cooechidna, as the main character in a new language book with illustrations by Annie Lambert.
A family of lively and loveable cartoon characters will soon be at work for the language project team in South East Queensland's Language Region I, with the publication of a new workbook designed to capture the imagination of primary school children.The book is the brainchild of language worker, Corey Walker, who worked closely with talented illustrator Annie Lambert on the development of the characters.

Corey devised the world of engaging animals as the basis for a series of books, to educate students in language words. The text will be structured to allow readers to research and insert the appropriate words from their own language, or to enjoy the books with the selected text written in Kullilli.

Corey has had wide employment experience before undertaking a Degree in Education with Deakin University in Geelong. He now finds himself drawn to the creative development of effective educational resources.

Previous work with youth at risk led Corey to look for ways to draw young people back to their culture. He has given careful thought to the development of the cartoon concept and appreciated the chance to begin production of the first book with funding provided to the Kombumerri Corporation for Culture through the Language Access Initiatives Program.

Recognising that for many indigenous people, the first step to language work is to retrace scattered family histories to find their traditional roots, Corey plans to include a map indicating language regions in Queensland and information on how to contact language centres and project teams.

As sponsor organisation for language projects in Queensland, the Kombumerri Aboriginal Corporation for culture has employed Language Access Workers to initiate a number of projects in line with the LAIP guidelines. Two other projects to commence soon are;

• Publication of an annotated bibliography of language materials held in archival institutions and libraries. (Relevant to Language Region I.)

• A photographic Language Exhibition, linking language with the major waterways of the region. This will cover an area from the Queensland/Northern Territory border across to the coast and north to the Noosa River. The exhibition will be designed to travel for display within the region, therefore reaching the largest possible audience.