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Yirrganydji
Patsy Fourmile
Yirrganydji “If you were caught speaking language, you weredressed in a rations sack, had your head shaved and locked in the dormitory” said Yirrganydji Elder Patsy Fourmile at a recent language revival workshop in Cairns. Sadly these brutal methods to crush Indigenous culture were largely effective. The language of Yirrganydji was mostly killed off at Yarrabah, the old Aboriginal mission outside of Cairns, with the last fluent speakers passing away in the early 1970’s.

 

Now Yirrganydji is being revitalized. On the 24th and 25th of October a big mob of Yirrganydji gathered at the North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Corporation Language Centre (NQRACL) to learn words and phrases in their language. Gavin Singleton, a 20 year old who has inspired his family and the community with his drive to learn the language, led the exercises as kids, adults and Elders alike recited the old words and spoke together again. “He’s real good too” says Patsy, “he’s teaching them young kids what we missed out on, and I wish more and more people will take an interest”. Judging by the success of the weekend there’s sure to be more Yirrganydji speaking in the future.
Yirrganydji
Kasey Singleton
Yirrganydji
Yirrganydji
That person is a big Gudja Basma Banggcel. This is a Small Camp Gulu bibuy Bulmba.