ABC Splash, in collaboration with First Languages Australia, is running the Marrin Gamu Competition, an Indigenous Languages Competition encouraging schoolchildren from across Australia to record the song about the human body in their local Aboriginal Language. The groups are encouraged to work with Local Aboriginal Communities to translate the song into their local language before practising and perfecting their song and recording it for a video submission. This project will gather versions of Marrin Gamu in different languages from across the country with the aim to celebrate the diversity and beauty of the hundreds of Australian First Languages.
Here at VACL we would like to see Victorian children involved in the competition and singing the body song in Victorian languages. The competition is open to all school and community groups. For those already participating in Aboriginal Language programs it’s a great chance to show off your skills and for everyone else it’s a chance to connect with your local Aboriginal community on an engaging a rewarding project. The prize for the winning group is a visit from a video production team to film students performing the song and the runners-up receive a bespoke language resource package designed for their school by First Languages Australia.
The lyrics in English, backing music, instructions and rules on the competition are available on the Marrin Gamu website click here. For notes on how to get in contact with your local language group, advice for teaching children about Australian languages in the classroom, or information on establishing an Indigenous language program in your school the Marrin Gamu website has all of the information, click here. VACL is also happy to assist in connecting your school or community group to your local Aboriginal organisations and to answer questions. VACL is so excited about this project that if your school needs support with filming, we are able to help.
Entries close at 5pm on the 10th of August so warm up your singing voices in preparation.
To see a video of Paul and Aunty Fay talking about Marrin Gamu on ABC breakfast TV click here.