Puliima 2017

The Muurrbay team have returned from the Puliima National Indigenous Languages and Technology Forum for 2017. The forum was an excellent opportunity for sharing and exchanging progress in language revitalisation and technological advances in language aid programs. The first two days hosted small workshops, followed by two days of presentations.   Sharon Edgar-Jones,  Julie Long and Rhonda Radley ran a workshop with the Gathang language, tit

Aboriginal Languages Bill 2017

On Wednesday, 11 October 2017, Uncle Gary Williams and other Aboriginal elders gathered at the Parliament of NSW for the introduction and first reading of the Aboriginal Languages Bill 2017.   The objectives of this Bill are:  to acknowledge that Aboriginal languages are part of the culture and identity of Aboriginal people, and  to establish an Aboriginal Languages Trust governed by Aboriginal people that will facilitate a...

ABC Word Up – Gumbaynggirr and Yaygirr

Word Up shares the diverse languages of black Australia from Anmatyerre to Arrernte, from Bidjara to Bundjalung, from Nyungar to Ngaanyatjarra, from Yankunytjatjara to Yorta Yorta—one word at a time. Follow links to Uncle Gary Williams episode aired 3 December 2016 and David Prosser episode aired 29 July 2017     Subscribe on iTunes, the ABC Radio app or wherever you get your podcasts.  

Oops! Missing storybook page now available

A section of  of our very popular Gumbayngirr Yuludarla Jandaygam Gumbaynggirr Dreaming Story Collection was  accidentally omitted from this print run. This section Birrugun's Journey South, comes just before The Final Battle on page 48. We now have the page available to download here. Print it out and insert between pages 48 and 49. It is also available on the Publications page of our website. If you prefer, email admin@muurrbay.org.au and we

Gathang Cert III Graduation

Stormy conditions did not prevent students from the Gathang Certificate III course gathering at Club Taree for their graduation ceremony on Wednesday 15 March. Marianne McKinnon-Kidd was the only graduate who was unfortunately unable to join the ceremony. Following a Welcome to Country by Auntie Wilma Morecombe, certificates were presented by Muurrbay CEO Uncle Gary Williams. Sharon Edgar-Jones received the Linguistic Achievement Award and Ye...

Gumbaynggirr Yuludarla Jandaygam Book Launch

On the 15th February, 2017 Muurrbay launched the Gumbaynggirr Yuludarla Jandaygam (Gumbaynggirr Dreaming Story Collection) at the Nambucca Community and Arts Centre. Elders and community members travelled from far and wide to enjoy the book launch. Michael Jarrett oversaw proceeding as Master of Ceremonies. Muurrbay’s Gary Williams, Dallas Walker and Brother Steve Morelli who compiled the Gumbaynggirr Dreaming Story over a 5-year period addressed the ...

Muurrbay welcomes Mari Rhydwen

Muurrbay is pleased to announce Mari Rhydwen has been appointed as Regional Coordinator. Mari started work for Muurrbay on the 13 February, 2017. Mari comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Following her early research in Kriol communities in the NT she took up University appointments at UWA at Murdoch University. After working at a language centre in the Kimberley her education background led to her being appointed as the first ...

“Wunaa junaa yaarri yarraang, junaa ngiina nyaagu gangaa!” Don’t say goodbye, just say see you later!” – Anna Ash

In 2004 Anna was appointed as the Co-ordinator-Linguist to establish Muurrbay's Regional activity 'Many Rivers Aboriginal Language Centre'. Anna was responsible for expanding Muurrbay's role to support not one but seven languages, she established a Regional Advisory Group to assist in prioritising Muurrbay's activities. Anna facilitated the process of the two activities joining to become a single regional language centre, and in 2014 secured triennial ...

Launch of Gumbaynggirr Dictionary

Gumbaynggirr Elders and youth joined together to launch Gumbaynggirr dictionary-grammar The new and improved second edition of the Gumbaynggirr dictionary-grammar was launched by Elder Barry Phyball at Muurrbay on the 18th of March 2016. Ricky Buchanan gave a welcome to country, as he’d done eight years ago for the first edition. From being a young school boy at the first book launch, Ricky is now working in schools, and studying Gumbaynggirr language