Warrgamay language

Warrgamay is spoken in North Queensland, particularly in the Cardwell region, as well as the Herbert River catchment.

The following Warrgamay language words are included on the Gambara Gamu Biyu body chart poster – use the language pen to hear and practise saying the words.

Download the Warrgamay body chart wordlist (PDF 187.0 KB)

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.

English Warrgamay
Arm Garrgal
Belly Yulgu
Belly button Djuulndjuruɲ
Blood Gurrmal
Body Gambara
Bone Djulgil
Bottom Djulu
Chest Djindi
Chin Ngangul
Ears Bina
Elbow Mugay
Eyebrow Buyin
Eyes Gayga
Face Ngaɲi
Feet/Foot Bigaɲ
Forehead Rimbi
Hair Murray
Hand Mala
Head Mugal
Heart Rulgu
Hip Bilu
Kidney Djagarri
Knee Bunggu
Leg Djarrawaga
Lip Mulin
Liver Giba
Mouth Ngayilnggarra
Neck Wudu
Nostril Binda
Shoulders Yunggu
Skin Yirra
Teeth Djarra
Thigh Gumbi
Thumb Ɲigiɲ
Toes Djalaɲ

Learn more about Warrgamay!

ABC Open has several digital stories featuring Warrgamay language: https://open.abc.net.au/posts/tags/warrgamay


Further information

To discover more about the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander languages on the Body Chart, contact your local Library or Indigenous Knowledge Centre.

Community organisations

There are several local Aboriginal Community Organisations working with Girramay language and cultural heritage, including the following:

  • Girringun Aboriginal Corporation:  235 Victoria Street, Cardwell. Q. 4849. t: (07) 4066 8300  e: admin@girringu.com.au  w: http://girringun.com.au/
  • North Queensland Aboriginal Regional Aboriginal Corporation Language Centre (Cairns):  Serbian Cultural Centre Building, 73 Greenslopes Street, Edge Hill, Cairns. Q. 4870. [PO Box 266 North Cairns. Q. 4870]
    t: (07) 4053 4698 or (07) 4053 6018 f: (07) 4032 3017 e: nqraclc@bigpond.com

State Library of Queensland

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PO Box 3488, South Brisbane Qld. 4101
t:  (07) 3840 7880            f:   (07) 3842 9126 

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