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Another 75 items have been added to the Virtual Library, bringing the total number of items to over 500, representing over 150 languages ... read more

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Gumbaynggir [kgs]
Source: Ezreena Yahya / Honi Soit
General article about language revival across Australia, with special mention of Woolgoolga High School in North Coast NSW where all year 7 students learn Gumbaynggirr, and at Chifley College in Western Sydney where students can learn Darug; in both cases noting positive outcomes for Aboriginal students.
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Source: Gary Williams / Dallas Walker / ABC
In this film, Gary Williams and Dallas Walker introduce themselves and sing the song Baabaga Birruganba Bularri. The page also includes the written lyrics for the song.
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Source: ABC/Fiona Poole/Gary Williams
Background to Gumbaynggirr of north-coastal NSW. Gary Williams is a Gumbaynggirr language teacher at the Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative. Includes a list of over 100 words and phrases in Gumbaynggirr, many with audio pronunciation.
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Source: Al Jazeera
A detailed film report by Al Jazeera on the history of the destruction of Aboriginal languages, the story of those surviving, and the efforts of people to revive their languages. Features speakers of Darug (a particularly impressive contribution by Richard Green), Arrernte (John Cavenagh), Gumbaynggirr (Michael Jarrett), Pitjanatjara and others.
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Source: Muurrbay
Muurrbay was set up in 1986 to support Aboriginal people, particularly Gumbaynggirr, in the revival and maintenance of language and culture. It conducts a range of workshops and other activities including teacher training and language teaching in schools. See especially the Publications section for some fine reference books.
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