Junction Arts Festival

‘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) ... Read more

To kill a Treaty

To Kill a Treaty By Michael Mansell With the Prime Minister and each of the State and Territory governments backing a referendum for a ‘voice to parliament,’ along with media, any dissent is unlikely to be heard. But has anyone considered what cost Aborigines will have to pay for a referendum? The Uluru Statement has four elements – of which the voice idea is but one. Treaty, truth-telling and a voice were all based on the assertion of Aboriginal sovereignty (the fourth element). Mr Albanese has repeatedly said that Uluru ... Read more

AFLW Welcome to Country

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 ... Read more

liyini milyathina

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 ... Read more

Aboriginal Lands Act Review

The Tasmanian Government wants to change the Aboriginal Lands Act 1995, which will change the way land is managed, who and how we elect the council members for the Aboriginal Lands Council Tasmania, and how land is returned. They are asking for feedback, and the consultation about the changes ends on Sunday, 24 July. The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre is hearing the main issues to the changes put forward by the Government are: Revisions to Aboriginal Land Council Tasmania (ALCT) Elections The community does not ... Read more

Waking language

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 ... Read more


MEGA ONLINE INVASION DAY RALLYLUTRUWITA/ TASMANIA WEDNESDAY 26TH JAN 2022 - 11.45AM As a result of the widespread global pandemic, this years Invasion Day Rally will be held online. Thousands of people from across the country are joining in the campaign each year to put an end to the race based ‘’Australia Day’ ’celebrations. The Invasion of our country is not something that should be celebrated. On January 26th we will mourn and honour all those who lost their lives while defending their lands, homes ... Read more

UNESCO International Decade of Languages, preserving palawa kani. Examiner 21 January 2022

Click on the article to open and read Examiner newspaper, 21 January 2022 Read more

pulingina to lutruwita (Tasmania) Place Names Map

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 ... Read more

AFL finals 2021 lutruwita/Tasmania, welcome to country in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines Read more
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