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AIATSIS Preserving Endangered Language Heritage | Language, Aiatsis, Copies, Tapes, Recordings, Requests, Several, Would | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
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Project Update

Marisa Harris from AIATSIS presenting information at the FATSIL National Forum
Marisa Harris from AIATSIS presenting information at the FATSIL National Forum
Since our last update nearly a year ago,AIATSIS has completed a considerable amount of work on its large collection of language recordings as part of our ATSIC grant 'Preserving Endangered Language Heritage'. Many thanks to those of you who have contacted us to inform us of your language work and for the many requests for copies of tapes we have received (and your patience in obtaining these copies).


We have recently received an influx of requests from the southeast Queensland area, and as a result have prepared several sets of compilation tapes for languages from that area, including Waka Waka,Yugambeh and Butchulla. Documentation and preservation of language tapes from all over the country is progressing at a steady rate, and we are greatly reducing our backlog of work.

If you would like to find out what materials we hold relating to your language, please phone Marisa Harris at AIATSIS on (02) 6246 1132 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We may be able to send you copies of tapes free of charge, or even prepare a compilation tape of your language that will be stored in the archive for future reference.

AIATSIS would also like to thank FATSIL for inviting us to speak at their conference in Cairns last October. We still have several copies of the handbook Keeping your history alive available for anybody who is interested in learning about storing their own sound recordings, photographs, videos or paper documents. Please phone the above phone number to obtain a copy.