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What are you doing for Indigenous Literacy Day?

What are you doing for Indigenous Literacy Day?

Wednesday 4 September 2019 a national celebration!   On Wednesday 4 September, we celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day ILD), our national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy. This year, in the International Year of Indigenous Languages, we are proud to publish a very special project, Nha Nhunu Nhanjal?  This beautiful book has been written and illustrated by YolÅ‹gu Matha-speaking students from Nhulunbuy Primary School on the Gove Peninsula in North East Arnhem Land and was launched at this year's Garma Festival. An English edition of the book, I Saw We Saw, will be launched at the Sydney Opera House on ILD. “Every language is a universe, and each universe...

  • Posted 19 August, 2019


Discovering the languages of the land we live on

Discovering the languages of the land we live on

“When Indigenous languages are lost, the door closes on them which is] a tragedy for all our cultural identities.” — Tara June Winch, former ILF Ambassador   For the sixth year running, our Foundation was the “Charity of Choice” at Byron Bay Writers Festival, held in early August. The program at Byron always includes several Indigenous authors, and this year festivalgoers were spoilt for choice. They flocked to sessions featuring Bruce Pascoe Dark Emu Young Dark Emu), former ILF Ambassador Tara June Winch Swallow the Air, The Yield) and Bundjalung writer Melissa Lucashenko, whose most recent novel Too Much Lip...

  • Posted 12 August, 2019


Garma Festival and launch of Nhä Nhunu Nhäŋal? (I Saw We Saw)

Garma Festival and launch of Nhä Nhunu Nhäŋal? (I Saw We Saw)

“Every language is a universe” ILF founder Suzy Wilson has just returned from the annual Garma Festival, held on Yolŋu country in north-east Arnhem Land. Suzy was there with ILF Ambassador Ann James, Ann Haddon from Books Illustrated and some of our team for the launch of Nhä Nhunu Nhäŋal I Saw, We Saw). This beautiful book, which showcases Yolŋu country, was written and illustrated by a group of students from Nhulunbuy Primary School. ILF Program Manager Leonie Short emcee’ed the launch, pointing out that Yolŋu community elders, the student authors, their amazing teachers, and ILF team members had all been...

  • Posted 12 August, 2019


Word of the Month - Celebrating Walmajarri in the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages

Word of the Month - Celebrating Walmajarri in the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages

Lungkura is a Walmajarri word meaning blue-tongued lizard. Walmajarri is an Australian Indigenous language. It is mainly spoken in the Great Sandy Desert and parts of the East Kimberley region of WA. The three dialects of Walmajarri are quite distinct due to the large distances between communities of speakers and the relative lack of contact among them. These days, many Walmajarri speakers no longer live on cattle stations or church-run missions but are spread over a wide area, living in small towns and communities across the region, including Junjuwa Fitzroy Crossing), Yakanarra, Bayulu, Wangkajungka Christmas Creek), Looma, Djugerari Cherrabun), Yungngora,...

  • Posted 01 August, 2019


Learn a little Yolgnu Matha in a new book from Nhulunbuy

Learn a little Yolgnu Matha in a new book from Nhulunbuy

In August 2018, a group of talented students at Nhulunbuy Primary School in the Gove Peninsula, NT participated in their second round of workshops. Both workshops, including some class time in-between, has been dedicated to working on their publishing project which is in their home language and English. Now, the beautifully illustrated book will be off to print in the next few days! The workshops at Nhulunbuy were conducted by ILF ambassador and award-winning illustrator Ann James and former teacher-librarian Ann Haddon, both founders of Books Illustrated, which promotes the work of Australian illustrators. Yolngu teachers were also on hand...

  • Posted 29 July, 2019