Indigenous languages in a book

PROJECT Staff in the Northern Tablelands LLS have begun compiling a comprehensive reference guide to local Aboriginal languages.

LANGUAGE PROJECT: The Aboriginal Language Book Project Committee (from left):  Noeline Briggs-Smith OAM, Bernadette Duncan, Ivan Lackay, Harry White, Sonya Lange, Ash Lackay, Lorrayne Riggs, Pene Riggs and Luc Farago.

LANGUAGE PROJECT: The Aboriginal Language Book Project Committee (from left): Noeline Briggs-Smith OAM, Bernadette Duncan, Ivan Lackay, Harry White, Sonya Lange, Ash Lackay, Lorrayne Riggs, Pene Riggs and Luc Farago.

“We’ll be researching local languages and dialects such as Kamilaroi, Nganyaywana, Gumbainggir, Biripi and Ngarabal,” said Harry White, Aboriginal communities officer.

“If there are people out there who have information about local languages and dialects, we would love them to contact us, either through their Local Aboriginal Land Council or through any Northern Tablelands LLS office.”

“Our goal is to produce a reference book to ensure local Aboriginal languages are not lost to future generations.  

“At the same time we aim to gather traditional ecological knowledge about how the landscape was managed and modified by Aboriginal people,” Harry said. For more information contact Harry White on 6728 8047 or email harry.white@lls.nsw.gov.au.