The Murdi Paaki Language Hub Project has made history, with the launch of a new dedicated website and a series of language books.
The project strives to document and preserve multiple languages and is an outcome of years of consultation and planning between Elders, Indigenous language practitioners and community members.
It has been managed by the Murdi Paaki Languages Reference Group, with assistance from MPREC and has been supported by the Department of Communications and Arts.
The new resources include the new website, some language books and mini dictionaries, which capture a range of words and phrases from the Gamilaraay, Wayilwan/Ngiyambaa and Wangaaypuwan languages.
The launch events for the languages were held this month in Walgett on the 13th and Brewarrina on the 14th and each one saw nearly 100 people attend.
The day included a traditional dance, an introduction to the language and the resources available and even a National Anthem sung in Wayilwan.
Students from years 2, 3 and 4 from the local schools attended and were each given a ‘student pack’ with a dictionary and story book for the language relevant to their town.
Teachers were also given copies of posters, which will now be up in every classroom. They were also given an introduction to the new site, which holds images, audio files and text, and acts as an online dictionary and learning tool. Many of the teachers expressed how excited they were to have these new resources available in their teachings of traditional language.
It is hoped the site will continue to grow with the addition of other languages over time.
The books ‘Animals in Wayilwan Country’ and ‘Animals in Wangaaypuwani,’ which tell the stories of animals native to the Murdi Paaki region in two of the region’s first languages, will make history as the first books of their kind.
Welcome to the Murdi Paaki Languages website: www.murdipaakilanguages.com.au
This project has been funded/supported by Department of Communications and Arts.