Kala Kawaw Ya language
Kala Kawaw Ya is spoken in the Torres Straits, particularly the top Western Islands group of Saibai, Dauan and Boigu, as well as the communities of Bamaga and Seisia at the tip of Cape York, which were originally settled by people from Saibai in the 1950s.
The following Kala Kawaw Ya language words are included on the Gambara Gamu Biyu body chart poster – use the language pen to hear and practise saying the words.
Note: the following list should be seen as a guide only; there may be several variations in spelling and pronunciation. Check with local language speakers/custodians as to the preferred local pronunciation.
Download the Kala Kawaw Ya body chart (PDF 183.7 KB)
|English||Kala Kawaw Ya|
|Ears||kawra (singular) kawral ( plural)|
|Eyes||purka (sg) purkal (pl)|
|Teeth||dhang (sg) dhangal (pl)|
|Toes||sanaw dhimur(sg) sanaw dhimural (pl)|
Learn more about Kala Kawaw Ya
Listen to stories in Kala Kawaw Ya at Retold
To discover more about the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander languages on the Body Chart, contact your local Library or Indigenous Knowledge Centre.
There are several local Torres Strait Islander Community organisations working with language and cultural heritage in the Torres Strait region and NPA, including the following:
- The Torres Strait Island Regional Authority (TSRA) PO Box 261. Thursday Island Q. 4875. t: (07) 4069 0700 e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.tsra.gov.au
- Gab Titui Cultural Centre, PO Box 261. Thursday Island Q. 4875. t: (07) 4069 0888 e: email@example.com w: www.gabtitui.com.au
- Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council (NPARC), 180 Adidi Street, Bamaga Q. 4876. e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: http://www.nparc.qld.gov.au/
State Library of Queensland
For further information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages at the State Library of Queensland, please contact:
Queensland Memory, State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place, South Brisbane Qld. 4101.
PO Box 3488, South Brisbane Qld. 4101.
t: (07) 3840 7666 f: (07) 3842 9126
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