Muurrbay was invited to present at a Bundjalung language workshop in Lismore on November 19th, attended by many Bundjalung Elders and people working with language in many areas such as schools. It was hosted by Gnibi, with master of ceremonies Glen Rhodes of the Aboriginal Language Nest.
It was a great opportunity to share Muurrbay’s work. Terrie Lowe is employed by Muurrbay to support Bundjalung language revitalisation, she told her story and emphasised that it is the right of all Bundjalung people to learn and share their language and culture. Anna Ash demonstrated the draft version of the Bundjalung-Yugambeh online dictionary database of 3000 words, plus sentence examples and information about sources and grammar, a a few examples of Elders saying the words, which Muurrbay has been working on for several years. In 2016 we will be adding more examples of Elders pronouncing the words, which will bring the dictionary to life. We will be travelling throughout Bundjalung country seeking input to this important resource. Gary Williams demonstrated how Muurrbay’s Mayalmbala (Let’s move it) poster and picture resource, and ASLA style pictures can be used for language learning.