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Global Voices writes up Gumbaynggirr learning

Rising Voices, a Global Voices project that helps spread citizen media, has reposted the story from First Languages Australia on Muurrbay’s efforts towards teaching the Gumbaynggirr language, especially through radio. “People across the region can hear the language, simply by tuning into ABC’s Coffs Coast morning radio show. Each Wednesday, Gary Williams, a Gumbaynggirr language . . . → Read More: Global Voices writes up Gumbaynggirr learning

Gumbaynggirr language passes another milestone

Ute Schulenberg writes in the Guardian News about the book launch of the Gumbaynggirr Dictionary and Learner’s Grammar: “After eight years in the making, the second edition of the Gumbaynggirr Dictionary and Learner’s Grammar has been launched, much to the satisfaction of all those involved. Researched and written by Steve Morelli with the input of . . . → Read More: New book places ancient language firmly in 21st Century

Aboriginal activists Gary Foley & Gary Williams on history, language & the future

Jill Emberson yarns with Uncle Gary Williams and Dr Gary Foley on ABC radio 1233Newcastle. To listen to the interview, please click here.

Federal Court gives title to Gumbaynggirr People of Nambucca

THERE were more smiles than tears after an epic 18-year struggle ended when the Federal Court made an historic sitting in Nambucca Heads on Friday. Settlement of one of New South Wales’ longest running native title claims was made when Justice Jayne Jagot formally recognised the Gumbaynggirr People’s native title rights in a purpose-built courtroom . . . → Read More: Federal Court gives title to Gumbaynggirr People of Nambucca

Sharing Bundjalung language through photographs

From the ABC Open website: During NAIDOC week this year, ABC Open Producer Jeff Licence spent a day in Ballina on the NSW North Coast connecting with indigenous language teacher Rick Cook, the Bundjalung language and the local community. Jeff held an ABC Open Mother Tongue stall, inviting anyone who came along to choose a . . . → Read More: Sharing Bundjalung language through photographs

Old language pulses through renewed computers

New language to pulse through old computers after donation …or the title could have been ‘Old language pulses through renewed computers’! Either way, Muurrbay’s partnership with TAFE’s North Coast Computer Project means that we will have some more computers available for the Aboriginal community in the Nambucca Valley. Language trainees at Muurrbay are learning Gumbaynggirr . . . → Read More: Old language pulses through renewed computers

Culture nest to ensure

Muurrbay CEO, Gary William has said that Muurrbay linguists and language teachers will be supporting the establishment of the new language and culture hub in any way we can. The battle to stop traditional Australian languages dying out has received a huge boost with the opening of the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal Language and Culture Nest in . . . → Read More: Culture nest to ensure Gumbaynggirr language isn’t lost

Sharing words and culture

Dallas Walker, Gary Williams and Br Steve Morelli

Time for long-term planning is a luxury the Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative has never had. But all that has changed thanks to triennial funding from the Federal Government’s Indigenous Languages and Support Program. Please click here to read the full article, by Ute Schulenberg, . . . → Read More: Sharing words and culture

Garlambirla - a musical with soul

As if being a high-school drama teacher isn’t enough work, Margaret Hair somehow found time to write a new musical. Garlambirla, written in consultation with local Gumbaynggirr Elders and community members, tells the Aboriginal creation stories of our region and it’s landmarks and will be performed by students of Margaret’s school, Coffs Harbour High. Please . . . → Read More: Garlambirla – a musical with soul

A film in Gumbaynggirr language

Liz Keen, ABC Open producer, was asked to produce a film in Gumbaynggirr language. Liz worked with photographer and film maker Maddison Chanel to produce this Gumbaynggirr language film. Liz has long respected Muurrbay and was pleased to be given the opportunity to work with them again. Uncle Gary Williams and Dallas Walker sing . . . → Read More: A film in Gumbaynggirr language