Languages & Culture

Bilinarra to English Dictionary

Bilinarra is a language spoken in the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory, Australia. This Bilinarra to English Dictionary contains over 2000 Bilinarra words with their English translations, as well as illustrations and detailed encyclopedic information about plants, animals, Dreaming stories and cultural practices. A guide to the grammar of Bilinarra and an English word finder are also included to help the language learner.

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Moort

A celebration of a traditional and contemporary Aboriginal family system

Moort is the latest scholarly publication to emerge from the Kurongkurl Katitjin, Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research, Edith Cowan University, Perth. Combining Aboriginal (particularly Nyoongar) and Western perspectives both through its authorship and research, Moort provides an in-depth account of the survival and dynamism of Nyoongar family-related and cultural practices in the face of colonisation and subsequent government policies relating to Indigenous Australians.

Miwal ga Djambuwal

Spirit Woman and Spirit Boy

Miwal ga Djambuwal is a story from the Marrangu Djinang people of Central Arnhem Land which tells the travels of a Spirit Woman (Miwal) and a Spirit Boy (Djambuwal) through Marrangu Djinang country, naming places, looking for sugarbag, hunting frill-necked lizard, and meeting other Spirit figures such as the Djangkawu Sisters who play a central role in Yolngu mythology. Featuring original illustrations by the book's author, Stanley Rankin, this version is presented in Djinang and English languages and includes a word list.

Karri-ni kun-red kadberre man-djewk na-kudji.

A year in my country.

The original book Nga-ni Kun-red Ngarduk Man-djewk Na-dudji was published in Kune in 2018. This beautifully illustrated book on seasons was so popular that the Kuninjku people decided to translate from Kune into Kuninjku. Both Kuninjku and Kune are langauges of central Arnhem Land, Australia. The original text is by Jull Yirrindilli and translated into Kuninjku by Charlie Nanguwerr and Margot Gurrawiliwili, with transciption and English translation by Carolyn Coleman. 

Warray Plants and Animals

Aboriginal flora and fauna knowledge from the upper Adelaide and upper Finniss Rivers, northern Australia

Another title in the series of NT Government ethnobotanical books, this work has been in the making over decades, bringing together the knowledge of Warray elders Doris Lidawi White, Elsie Ajibak O'Brien, Dolly Mabul Fejo, Roger Wurdirdi Yates and Ada Ajibak Goodman (all now deceased) with linguist Mark Harvey and biologist Glenn Wightman. Warray country includes the upper Adelaide and upper Finniss Rivers and takes in the townships of Adelaide River and Batchelor as well as parts of Litchfield National Park.

Four sign language posters on the theme of kinship which represent Maningrida/Central Arnhem Land languages Ndjébbana, Gun-nartpa, Burarra, Kuninjku, Kune, Wurlaki and Djinang. The posters feature a range of kin signs including those for husband/wife, siblings, parents, grandparents, in-laws, cross-cousins and avoidance kin such as ‘poison cousins’. The posters were illustrated by Jennifer Taylor and the poster design was by Chris Storey. The production of these posters brings together a number of organisations and individuals who have worked together over several years, including over 30 language speakers working with Lúrra Language and Culture at Maningrida College, along with linguists and language workers. The Maningrida Action Project was coordinated by Margaret Carew (Batchelor Institute) and Jennifer Green (University of Melbourne) with the assistance of Carolyn Coleman (Lúrra Language and Culture) and supported by an Australian Research Council DECRA Award. The other three posters may be found at:  http://batchelorpress.com/node/390; http://batchelorpress.com/node/391; http://batchelorpress.com/node/39
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Gulumerrdjin Madawa

Larrakia Animals

An introduction to Larrakia language, the language of the Gulumerrdjin (Larrakia) people of the Darwin and Cox Peninsula regions (NT), through a selection of animal-related words and original illustrations provided by Gulumerrdjin artist Jason Lee. Suitable for early learners and those interested in Larrakia language.

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