Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay Dictionary
Bibliography And Resources

There has been a lot of information recorded about the Kamilaroi people and their language. Much of the information is either unpublished, or difficult to get hold of. The following is a list of information sources for Gamilaraay language studies. Most items are available from AIATSIS:

The Librarian
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
GPO Box 553
Canberra ACT 2601 AUSTRALIA
email: Librarian ref@aiatsis.gov.au
AIATSIS also has tape recorded material collected over the past thirty years.

Older published sources

Most older materials are difficult to use because they do not use a consistent spelling system, and they mix words from different languages. The most valuable are Rev. William Ridley's book and articles by R.H. Mathews.

Recently published materials

There have been a few things published on Gamilaraay over the last twenty years, but no major study of the language. John Ferry prepared some materials on Gamilaraay culture for use at Walgett school. There is also Corinne Williams' A Grammar of Yuwaalaraay. This is about the old form of the languages called Yuwaalaraay and Yuwaaliyaay that used to be spoken to the west of Gamilaraay. Those languages are quite similar to old Gamilaraay. There are also brief word lists in Nils Holmer's Linguistic Survey of South-Eastern Queensland, and Kay Kneale's A Mee Mee's Memories. Mrs Kneale's book also has lots of valuable information about traditional plants, foods and medicines, as well as some stories. The traditional story of Emu and Turkey in Gamilaraay has been published by Austin and Tindale.

Reference books for birds and animals

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