Restoring language strengthens Indigenous
pride and culture
Language returned to ‘spoken life’
By Stephanie Dalton, The Examiner, Friday, 14 July 2023
Picture by Paul Scambler
For the past 30 years,
the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has
worked deliberately and arduously to restore their language, palawa
kani, to its spoken life.
is a revived language, composite of
several of the estimated dozen original Tasmanian languages that were once prolific throughout the state, a consequence of the
devastating impacts of invasion in colonisation on Tasmanian Aboriginal culture.
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre language and research ...
‘pulingina – welcome’ to Junction Arts Festival, September 2022
The Junction Arts Festival, which is held annually in September in Launceston on Kanamaluka/River Tamar, featured some wonderful palawa kani signage this year.
The festival was opened with a Welcome to Country in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines and talented kanaplila (dance) performance.
Look at this large four-metre ‘pulingina’ (welcome) pop-up sign at the entrance!
There were also signs for Festival Hub locations such as lukana (drink), kipli (food), krakani (rest) ...
Welcome to Country in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines, spoken by Daisy Allan at the recent AFLW match North Melbourne V Geelong at UTAS Stadium, at Launceston on Kanamaluka/River Tamar.
Daisy gives a powerful and energising welcome to the AFLW players before having the important role of the coin toss!
The game was at the UTAS Stadium (York Park) on Friday, 16 September 2022 and North Melbourne kept their undefeated streak in lutruwita/Tasmania by 12 points over Geelong.
Check out the ...
liyini milyathina, Singing the Country
lungtalanana / Clarke Island
Aboriginal community members of all ages are invited to take part in a special project to create songs in palawa kani.
Working with Dewayne Everettsmith, workshops will be held over the next two years to create songs based on the melodies and stories of our ancestors.
We’ll be coming together to write songs about community, country, and culture. We’ll also arrange the music, record them, and perform them for the community.
The first two workshops have ...
The Mercury newspaper has written about the extraordinary work to wake our language.
A double-page spread appeared in The Mercury at the start of NAIDOC Week 2022 to celebrate the waking of language through the palawa kani program.
June Sculthorpe tells a story about Fanny Cochrane Smith welcoming three stars in the morning and how this has inspired her to track down Tasmanian Aboriginal words for stars and planets. She has identified the word for Orion's Belt as pangalina.
Annie Reynolds, palawa kani ...
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Examiner newspaper, 21 January 2022
pulingina to lutruwita (Tasmania) Place Names Map
Click here to open the map. The map can be used on computer, phones or tablet.
To mark 2019 International Year of Indigenous languages, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre is excited to present this interactive map of the Aboriginal names of over 180 places in lutruwita.
The names are shown in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines.
Scroll over each name to hear it said, and open to learn some history of each name.
Only a handful of places ...
Sunset on lungtalanana
We have many examples of palawa kani in use, including news, presentations, videos and posters. Click on the link below to for a list of resources and links.
palawa kani Information and EntertainmentDownload
palawa kani MEDIA + NEWSDownload
palawa kani News and Media