State Library of Queensland acknowledges that language heritage and knowledge always remain with the Traditional Owners, Elders, language custodians and other community members of the respective language nation. We support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the revival, documentation and preservation of traditional languages. Additionally, content such as word lists and other resources help to raise awareness and promote Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
In 2019 State Library celebrates the International Year of Indigenous Languages. As part of our commitment, we will be promoting a ‘word of the week’ from the 125+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects in Queensland.
International Year of Indigenous Languages visual identity designed by gilimbaa
State Library acknowledges that the language heritage and knowledge of these word lists always remain with the Traditional Owners, language custodians and community members of the respective language nations. Discover a range of word lists on various topics to support communities in their work to revive, document and preserve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. The language content is drawn from a range of historical texts found in State Library's collections.
Women participating in the Research Discovery Workshop at the State Library of Queensland.
Our resource map shares Queensland’s diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and identifies resources within State Library collections to support language research and community language revival. The map’s primary purpose is to identify language resources; it is not designed nor suitable for Native Title research or claims. Queries relating to Native Title should be directed to the representative Native Title body.
New media makes it possible for anyone to create, modify and share Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language content with others, using relatively simple tools that are often free or inexpensive. New media requires a computer, tablet or mobile device with Internet access. New media tools can help you:
This toolkit aims to provide community members, language workers and others with some useful tips, resources and information to incorporate New Media into community language revival processes and activities.
This initiative, as part of State Library's Indigenous Languages Project, was supported by funding from the Indigenous Languages Support Program - New Media from the then Australian Government's Attorney-General's Department, Ministry for the Arts.
The importance of language projects
Des Crump, Indigenous Languages Coordinator from the State Library of Queensland, talks about the How, What and Where community and language workers can start a language program or project. Troy Wyles-Whelan and Gavin Singleton give examples of how they researched and implemented language into everyday life while Ernie Grant stresses the importance of keeping it real and getting involved in preserving language.
This guide will help you get started preserving and maintaining language with new media.
Indigenous Languages Websites (PDF)
Social media (PDF)
Language Apps (PDF)
SLQ resources (PDF 246.3 KB)
How to use Audacity (PDF 311.9 KB)
How to use iMovie (PDF 629.3 KB)
Easy resources for community language revival (PDF 202.0 KB)
The song written and sung by Hopevale IKC Coordinator Dora Gibson was recorded during a Regional Indigenous Languages Workshop in November 2014. Dora shows us how to preserve language and culture through song and music. Verses are in English with the chorus in Guugu Yimidhirr.
Download the following list for a selection of websites that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and are useful starting points for schools, communities, IKCs and Public Libraries in identifying language resources and other information to assist community language revival.
Indigenous languages websites (PDF)
This document provides links to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations preserving languages.
Researching Indigenous languages at SLQ (PDF 349.0 KB)
Languages of the Torres Straits (PDF)
Language resources for Longreach and central-west Queensland [PDF 264 KB]
Language resources for Mount Isa and North-West Queensland [49.9 KB]
Language resources of south east Queensland [51.4 KB]
Indigenous Language Resources - Greater Brisbane Area (PDF 397.3 KB)
Language resources for Toowoomba and Darling Downs [243 KB]
South East Queensland Place names Information Guide (PDF 355.3 KB)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages resources computer software (PDF 45.0 KB)
Ideas for public libraries (PDF 54.8 KB)
Indigenous language ideas for school communities (PDF)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Language Resources - Language Maps [PDF 424KB]
There are several language centres currently operating in Queensland. The role of Indigenous Language Centres is to support the revival and maintenance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in their region. Language activities may include language research, exhibitions and community training as well as the recording and / or documentation of Indigenous languages.
Other groups such as Land Councils, Cultural Organisations, Elders' Groups, Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs), community groups, etc. may also be undertaking language revival activities.
State Library's Indigenous Languages project is supported through funding from the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Indigenous Languages Support Program.