Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop

On the 22-23 November 2011 an Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop was held in the John Oxley Library Reading Room. This event followed on from an earlier workshop held in June with some of the same attendees from the previous workshop coming back to build on their research and to meet new participants.

Des Crump welcomes attendees at the beginning of day one in the John Oxley Library Reading Room.

The event was aimed at language workers and community members who are currently working, or have an interest in traditional languages and supporting language revival programs in communities.

Language groups being researched on the day included Kamilaroi/Bigambul, Gwamu, Yugumbeh, Jagera, Bindal, Wulgurukaba, Mbarbaram/Kukudjungan, Miriiam Mer, Jandawal, Kabi Kabi, Yidinji, Djabugay, Irugandji, Dyirbal, Mamu, Ngadjon, Garrwa, Cobble Cobble, Barrungam, and Wakka Wakka.

Sam Turnbull from the Yugambeh Museum researches the Kamilaroi and Bigambul languages.

Thanks to our 24 participants for coming from different parts of Queensland and the State Library's Des Crump, Indigenous Languages Researcher, for organising and running this fantastic event. Thanks also to Will Davis from the Queensland Studies Authority who came in on Monday to discuss what is happening with the language syllabus in relation to the teaching of Indigenous languages in Queensland schools.


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This was really inspiring. Keen eyes and generous ears lifting dust from the rich history in the archives of the heritage Collection at slq. Will Davis and his team also inspired with their difficult but essential framework for Qld finally getting onto the teaching of local regional Language/s in schools. Many people will hope the Govt gets behind the efforts to help Language providers and other educators work in and for communities who want their Language taught, and in their way.

also, it was really great working alongside the Yugambeh crew (Sam and Reegan esp) and meeting the Doomadgee teacher-aides, the NQ folk again and so many staunch, active Language workers.

Deadly knowledge and the ability to do proper research was apprieciated at ther State Library. Conversations about the missing pieces of language /families as well as the movement in 2011 of teaching these ideas to others in the education system is exciting ( and hopefully supported correctly).

The work the SLQ and Des is doing to support community language work is great. Like Barry I commend QSA for pushing forward an Indigenous Languages syllabus for enabling the teaching of and about our languages in QLD Schools - this official recognition is important. Lets all hope that schools will work with our communities to continue to support and value our languages. Thanks for the opportunity to be involved.

Hi,I'm a Bigambul descendant and was wondering how I can view the Bigambul Language records? Ill be expecting your reply.Thankyou,Dub

Hi DubThanks for your enquiry. I've passed your question onto Des Crump, our Indigenous Languages Researcher. He will email you directly with some information.