palawa kani nayri mina-tu (Our Language Matters) because…

palawa kani  nayri mina-tu  (Our Language Matters)
was the 2017 NAIDOC theme.

To celebrate this, Aborigines of all ages across the state wrote and recorded their own message about why our language matters and what it means to them. The messages are written either in palawa kani or a mix of palawa kani and English depending on the writer’s level of language use.

These messages were written across rri (hand) stencils and displayed in Hobart at piyura kitina (Risdon Cove) and the Aboriginal Children’s Centre, at the Launceston TAC and in the front office of the truwana/Cape Barren Island Aboriginal Association.

Here are recordings + rri (hand) stencils that people made:

Chloe Baker, Aboriginal Children’s Centre, piyura kitina (Risdon Cove)


Nicole Holebrook, Aboriginal Children’s Centre, piyura kitina (Risdon Cove)


Zandra Flanagan, Aboriginal Children’s Centre, piyura kitina (Risdon Cove)


Debbie Williams, Aboriginal Children’s Centre, piyura kitina (Risdon Cove):


Hobart TAC


Launceston TAC

Di Spotswood, Launceston:


Lynne Spotswood, Launceston:


truwana/Cape Barren Island:

Lyncoln Burton, truwana/Cape Barren Island:



Maddison Stebbings, truwana/Cape Barren Island:



Yarla Maynard, truwana/Cape Barren Island:



Fiona Maher, truwana/Cape Barren Island:


Garina Hart, truwana/Cape Barren Island:



Kat Hopkins, truwana/Cape Barren Island: