palawa kani Information and Entertainment December 2020

palawa kani Information and Entertainment, December 2020:

palawa kani means ‘Tasmanian Aborigines speak’; it is the only Aboriginal language in lutruwita (Tasmania) today.

Background to the Aboriginal languages of Tasmania and the development of palawa kani –

palawa kani names of places

Learn the original names for over 180 places in lutruwita (Tasmania)

14 Aboriginal + Dual place names gazetted in the Tasmanian Government’s naming system –

Background to palawa kani place names –

Nine original place names at pilri (Cape Grim), location of the notorious 1828 massacre –


Seth Gardner (age 10) gives the speech in palawa kani at Invasion Day Rally, Hobart, 26 January 2017 –

Opening speech at MONA FOMA Festival, Launceston, January 2020 –

Panama music festival 2020, Golconda North, Welcome to country –

palawa kani nipaluna (Hobart) Language Day 2019 –

Schools Strike For Climate Change, beginning speech, Sep 2020 –


Award winning NITV cartoon Little J and Big Cuz, palawa kani episode wurakara (Hopalong) –

Little J and Big Cuz, palawa kani episode 2. muta prungi (Pilot Bird) –  

Tasmanian Times, episode 2. muta prungi (Pilot Bird) – Little J and Big Cuz Return in Palawa Kani – Tasmanian Times

A funny clip about ‘warr!’- a palawa kani word with no English translation, on Disney Channel’s Spread the Word – (Search keyword: warr!)

Sing rana-mana (My Body) with the pakana kitina (Little Tassie Blackfellas) After Schools Group –!/competition/2277558/indigenours-language-song-competition/2360584

Hear liyini milaythina rrala (Singing Country Strong) –

Learn 50 palawa kani words on University of Melbourne’s 50 Words online interactive map –

Learn palawa kani words for family, mum and play  – (Search keyword: little yarns palawa kani)

News and weather

Interview with one of First Languages Australia’s Young Champions, 14 year old Skye Cox of Launceston –

The story behind the name luyni mungalina (Raining Rock Waterfall at Punchbowl Reserve, Launceston) from 2 eleven year old youth and their Youth/Language worker, July 2019 –

2018 Tasmanian election campaign advertisement spoken entirely in palawa kani –

11 year old Kobe on ABC News, speaking about palawa kani, the language of his people –

nuyina, the Australian Antarctic Division’s new Ice Breaker, is almost built, see video of the ship’s construction in Romania – Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre – Naming the Ice Breaker, nuyina (

Naming Maritime College AUV, nupiri muka ‘Eye of the Sea’ –

Virgin plane tinamirakuna, named after the Macquarie River, 2019 –

ABC Weather for nipaluna (Hobart) spoken daily in palawa kani for Naidoc week, July 2019 –

palawa kani Posters

Made by pakana-ripana Youth group –

Extreme weather Poster –

narakupa yula (Caring for muttonbirds) palawa kani Poster, March 2020 –

mina munathiya (I am sick) palawa kani Poster –

For educators

How to address the Australian Curriculum Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages
– LR requirements without learning and /or using Aboriginal language? The presentation tipara waranta kani ninamapali-tu? What Can We Tell You? outlines a number of ways to do that.

Policy and Protocol for use of palawa kani Aboriginal language –

Policy-and-Protocol-for-Use-of-palawa-kani-Aboriginal-Language-2019.pdf (

Google search keywords

50 words online, palawa kani at home, 180 placenames of Tasmania, palawa kani, palawa kani policy, lutruwita place names map, official Aboriginal dual names Tasmania, pilri Cape Grim, Panama welcome to country, Mona Foma welcome to country, nipaluna weather, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, Little J and Big Cuz, wurakara, Little J and Big Cuz muta prungi, Ice breaker nuyina, AUV nupiri muka, Virgin plane tinamirakuna.

Download palawa kani Information + Entertainment Feb 2021

Contact us at Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre –
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre is on Facebook –