2019: International Year of Indigenous Languages

untitled.jpgUNESCO and partners will focus on the importance of indigenous languages through 2019 and provide a range of resources and support on a dedicated website. There are language teaching resources under the share button – discover the Spikit app for starters.

Resources worth investigating

  • Discover more of the significance of this focus from a Maori perspective.


language hotspots

Getting started with an Australian focus on Indigenous languages


  • When We Go Walkabout by Rhoda Lalara, illustrated by Alfred Lalara. Set on Groote Island, the reader is invited to look for animals in different habitats throughout the course of one day exploring the varied local landscapes. There is also a recording of Rhoda Lalara reading the story in Anindilyakwa, the local language; also accessible via a QR code in the book.
  • tjaranyroughtailTjarany Roughtail by Gracie Greene, Joe Tramacchi and Lucille Gill. First published in 1992, this book offers a collection of Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) stories of the Kukatja people of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, Tjarany Roughtail is a bilingual illustrated narrative in which the pictures speak as powerfully as the words.
  • Corroboree by Angus Wallam and Suzanne Kelly, published in 2004, tells the story of a young Aboriginal boy called Wirrin, and his family, as they prepare for a corroboreecorroboree, which extended family and friends would attend. The text presents the language of the Nyungar people of Western Australia and English with a glossary of both included.
  • The Noongar Language Centre (Boodjar Language Cultural Aboriginal Corporation) has a number of resources (some still under development) and publishes picture books in Noongar dialects.

I am sure this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you come across other quality resources that could add to this post please share via the Contact form under the About Me tab. It would be great to add more literature examples.

About jenbales

Avid lover of children's literature, experienced teacher librarian with expertise in resourcing the Australian Curriculum; Adjunct lecturer for Charles Sturt University and a representative of INT Books.
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