Yung-a undee Gunggari Unyah Dhagul Yugambeh A first for Qld Museum PDF Print E-mail

Munal — rock in Yugambeh, and baake — tree from the Gunggari language. An exhibition opening in July at the Queensland Museum will feature the Gunggari and Yugambeh languages of southern Queensland, with photographic images highlighting the link between country and language.

 

This is the first Indigenous Languages exhibition ever to be held at the Queensland Museum and reflects the work of both communities through ATSILIP funded projects.

Senior Curator of Aboriginal Studies at the Queensland Museum, Olivia Robinson said "The Queensland Museum is thrilled to support the efforts of the Yugambeh and Gunggari people in "Yung-a undee Gunggari, Unyah Dhagul Yugambeh, Our Country — our language" as a major contribution in our Community Access exhibition program. Indigenous Languages are alive in communities throughout Queensland. For many Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, it is their traditional language that defines their Aboriginality, their individuality, and for many more, the connection they have to country."

Running for a seven week period, which includes school holidays, the exhibition is likely to have an audience of around 30,000 people.

The Queensland Museum is celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' connection to land and sea with a program of events and exhibitions called Sharing country, including a Wednesday Lunchtime Talk Series and Saturday Documentary Series from 12 June to 7 August 2002. Entry is free.