About palawa kani, Tasmanian Aboriginal language


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. Palawa kani 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 ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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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

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palawa kani Information and Entertainment

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 Read more

palawa kani News and Media

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