Indigenous Languages Map of Queensland
As part of State Library's Indigenous Languages Project, a new online-interactive resource has been developed to assist language workers and community members. The Indigenous Languages Map of Queensland is a research tool which identifies items in State Library collections relating to Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
Using a Google Maps platform, languages can be researched via the map by identifying locations and clicking on the respective marker. This brings up a summary overview of the language/s related to that particular area; information may include other names/spellings for the language, dialects as well as locations for the language.
It also includes the AIATSIS Language Code which is hyper-linked to items in the collection. The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) have developed codes for languages and geographical locations - these have also been adopted by collecting institutions such as State Library of Queensland to make it easier to describe and identify items.
This resource is a prototype and will be further developed to include links to community-based resources such as items held in Indigenous Language Centres, Museums and other collecting institutions. Community members, language workers and other researchers are also encouraged to provide input into the map and advise State Library of any errors or other discrepancies.
Note: The map and language locations are indicative only and should not be used for other purposes such as Native Title; the purpose of this resource is to link researchers to items within State Library collections. Language names and spellings are based on the AUSTLANG database.
Desmond Crump, Indigenous Languages Coordinator
State Library of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Webpage: www.slq.qld.gov.au/resources/atsi/languages
State Library of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Blog: /blog/ilq/