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New Bundiyarra newsletter available

Posted: January 13th, 2017

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The December edition of Bundiyarra Gardantha, the newsletter produced by the Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation, is now available for download.

In this issue, Bundiyarra shares stories from its successful language bush camp, photos of a visit by The Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of WA, and the exciting work being done to protect the language of the Malgana people from Shark Bay.

Bundiyarra Gardantha, which means “a good place moving forward”, is a quarterly newsletter which has been produced with help of a grant from the City of Greater Geraldton. Digital copies of back issues are available on the Bundiyarra website here, and you can request to be added to their mailing list by contacting them by email.

Happy NAIDOC Week!

Posted: July 8th, 2015

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NAIDOC Week 2015 is now in full swing, and YMAC has been busy celebrating the achievements of Aboriginal people. You can find out what events are happening near you by visiting the official NAIDOC site.

Celebrating NAIDOC 2015 in Tom Price

Celebrating NAIDOC 2015 in Tom Price

Geraldton YMAC staff getting a lesson in Wajarri from Bundiyarra's Godfrey Simpson

Geraldton YMAC staff getting a lesson in Wajarri from Bundiyarra’s Godfrey Simpson

 

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Aboriginal language initiatives

Posted: May 15th, 2015

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There are positive initiatives across Western Australia committed to preserving traditional languages.

Nyangumarta speakers in Hedland recently underwent training to become qualified interpreters for hospitals and courts. The training facilitated by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters is hoped to increase access to services for Aboriginal people.

Weerianna Street Media in collaboration with linguist Janelle Mowarin and the Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre have created language videos for schools and other resources to complement a Ngarluma online dictionary. The Wangka Maya dictionary and Ngarluma Language Resource are available online here.

Geraldton’s Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre recently launched a Nhanda alphabet poster along with other educational posters which promote the Nhanda language. Anyone interested in contributing to the Nhanda dictionary project may call Ms Sitorus at the Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre on 9920 7900.

New Malgana video on ABC Open

Posted: January 16th, 2015

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This Malgana Mother Tongue video, The Buyungurra who didn’t listen, was released today on ABC Open. It was created jointly by  Malgana woman Bianca McNeair, ABC Open’s Chris Lewis and the Bundiyarra – Irra Wangga Language Centre.

You can also watch more videos from ABC Open and Bundiyarra, both in Wajarri language, by clicking  here and here.

Congratulations to the Badimia people and the Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre

Posted: April 11th, 2014

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Badimia elder Ollie George and Bundiyarra linguist James Bednell at the launch of the Badimaya Dictionary

Badimia elder Ollie George and Bundiyarra linguist James Bednell at the launch of the Badimaya Dictionary

YMAC congratulates the Badimia people and the Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre on the launch of the new Badimaya Dictionary. Badimia people can be proud that their culture and language is being preserved and developed into educational resources that can be shared across generations.

Several Badimia families, led by elder Ollie George, have worked on this project over the last 20 years. In the early 1990s initial preservation work was started by The Yamaji Language Centre, and the project was transferred to Bundiyarra – Irra Wangga Language Centre in 2005. Since 2012, Bundiyarra has collected more than 60 hours of audio and 10 hours of video recordings.
The dictionary was launched at a celebration on Badimia country at Kirkalocka station on 10 April. A Badimaya Guwaga wordlist and Alphabet Poster have also been developed alongside the dictionary, and will now join other Badimia language resources available from Bundiyarra, including story books, a photographic calendar and a picture book. For more information and to order any of these resources visit www.bundiyarra.org.au.

Tykeira Ward at the launch of the Badimaya Dictionary

Tykeira Ward at the launch of the Badimaya Dictionary

Joan, Louwana and Alan Walsh at the launch of the Badimaya Dictionary

Joan, Louwana and Alan Walsh at the launch of the Badimaya Dictiona

On Badimaya Country- at the WA Museum

Posted: November 14th, 2013

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On-Badimaya-Country-Museum-Exhibition-Flyer_2013-10-24 (2)On Badimaya Country is a joint photographic and language documentation project between the Combined Universities Centre for Regional Health, the Bundiyarra – Irra Wangga Language Centre in Geraldton, the Bidi Bidi Centre of the Mount Magnet community and the Mid West Development Commission via Royalties for Regions funding.

Documenting a collection of experiences captured in photo and film over a 3-month period, the On Badimaya Country exhibition highlights the beautiful Aboriginal culture and country of the Badimaya people of Mount Magnet.

The exhibition also features artworks from Badimaya artists of Wirnda Barna Artists Inc., a not-for-profit Aboriginal arts centre in Mount Magnet.

This free exhibit is on at the WA Museum in Geraldton from 15 November to 2 February 2014.