Languages & Culture

Bilinarra Sound Chart

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Alawa Sound Chart

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Gurindji to English Dictionary

Gurindji is a traditional language of the Victoria River District in the Northern Territory (Australia). Gurindji people became well known in the 1960-70s due to their influence on Australian politics and the Indigenous land rights movement. They were instrumental in gaining equal wages for Aboriginal cattle station employees and they were also the first Aboriginal group to recover control of their traditional lands.

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Dordenap Boodja Wongki

Stories from Bibulmun and Wardandi Country
The fifteen stories in this collection were unearthed from the Battye Library achieves and are a unique compilation of legends from Bibulmun and Wardandi Noongar country documented by Debra Buller-Murphy. Buller-Murphy’s uncle, Alfred John Bussell who had also prepared a Dordenup Wongie manuscript of the dialect, compiled the word lists and examples of sentence in Buller-Murphy’s manuscript. 
 

Bindi-Bindi Koondarminy wer Maamoong Waangka

Butterfly Dreaming and Whale Story

This beautifully illustrated book tells two important stories about spirit children and how they are tied to the unique Noongar totemic system. The stories help us to understand how Noongar land, plants and animals are interwoven; caring for each other and looking after Noongar spirituality, the matrilineal totemic system and the responsibilities of Noongar culture.

Getting Started with Noongar

A great poster to help you start talking in Noongar. You can practice saying hello and goodbye, ask questions, give instructions such as 'Come here' or 'Go away' and there are some sentence started to help you with Noongar conversations. The poster is available in a range of sizes, why not get one for every room in your house, school or community centre and start speaking Noongar today.
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Kaawar

Kaawar Jack Williams and Averil Dean Noongar Wilman Kaawar is the story of how the red-capped parrots were scared by the waalitj (eagle) and as they scattered they scraped their legs across a hill in the Stirling Ranges in WA. The marks left by the Kaawar can still be seen, along with the pathways they created through the hills.

The Noongar people always used these pathways created by the kaawar as they fled from the waalitj. This beautifully illustrated book has an accompanying audio CD with Averil telling the story for her family.

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Nyoongar Dictionary

Nyoongar Dictionary by the Rt. Rev. Bernard Rooney OSB, Emeritus Abbot of New Norcia. The book includes a comprehensive dictionary of the Nyoongar language focusing on what is now known as the northern dialect. Divided into two sections, Nyoongar­English and English­Nyoongar, the dictionary is the result of the author’s own grass­roots experience of Nyoongar as a spoken language and offers the fruits of his extensive research into the available written sources.

Nyoongar Legacy

The naming of the land and the language of its people

The Nyoongar Legacy is the result of decades of research into Nyoongar language by the Rt. Rev. Bernard Rooney OSB, Emeritus Abbot of New Norcia. It is a study of the Indigenous place-names of the south-west of Western Australia, including over 300 Indigenous place names from the region.

Each entry offers an interpretation of the source for a particular place and the possible or probable meanings.

The book includes a comprehensive dictionary of the Nyoongar language focusing on what is now known as the northern dialect.

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Ngalang Wongi Ngalang Boodja

Ngalang Wongi Ngalang Boodja tells eight important dreaming stories belonging to the Noongar Wudjari and Ngatju clans. The stories teach us about the creation of significant sites in the Esperance region, their importance to Wudjari and Ngatu people and why this beautiful country is the way it is today. This beautifully illustrated book is written in Noongar and English so that the whole community can learn and appreciate the importance of Noongar culture.

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