Monday, 04 July 2016 15:39

Language Floods the Kalgoorlie Goldfields

Video stills 2016 WANALA Aboriginal Language Conference Vox Pops Video stills 2016 WANALA Aboriginal Language Conference Vox Pops Rodney Stratton

Paul Paton, Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir, Mathew Gardiner and Kris Eira travelled to Kalgoorlie for the 2016 WANALA Aboriginal Languages Conference, hosted by the Western and Northern Aboriginal Languages Alliance. The conference is for people in Aboriginal language centres, language projects, schools with Aboriginal language courses, Aboriginal language speakers and anyone involved in language work or who wishes to learn more about the work being undertaken on Aboriginal language preservation and use. The conference carried the theme of Building Resilience: Identity, intellect and the role of languages and was held at the Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, 16-18 June.

As part of the program, Kris presented our new holistic language planning tool Tyama-ngan, koong meerreeng watnanda, malayeetoo (We know, body and country together, long time). This comes in the form of a beautiful poster with the core concepts expressed through the artwork of Vicki Couzens, and an associated workshop. It is the most recent output of the Meeting Point - Language Typology Project. It expands on principles explored in Peetyawan weeyn, with more detail and breadth. Paul also gave a presentation on behalf of First Languages Australia.

Scroll down to watch a documentary film with conference participants

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To purchase Tyama-ngan, koong meerreeng watnanda, malayeetoo poster click here

For more information on the Meeting Point - Language Typology Project click here

 

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2016 WANALA Aboriginal Language Conference Vox Pops Rodney Stratton