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 language coordinator, explains that up to 12 Aboriginal languages may have been used across lutruwita. The palawa kani program has retrieved at least 1000 words, and Annie says there is more to find.

Congratulations to June and all who are working on the language program and teaching language to the community.

For more information about the language program, visit our palawa kani webpage.

The full article can be read here – Reviving the languages of lutruwita

Image of The Mercury article