Our aim is for this to become a place where People from all around Australia will be able to share and to come together in all manner of ways to support the 250 plus Aboriginal Languages that exist in this country. From learning to commence a language program, to finding out what tools and resources exist to help, even to actually learning a language we hope that all of these things and more will become available here, and make some difference to your journey.
Patyegarang has been designed to answer questions about the teaching of Australian languages, with a particular focus on language revival. The main contributors are John Hobson and Susan Poetsch, two lecturers from the Indigenous Languages Education Program at the University of Sydney with many decades experience in Australian languages, language revival, linguistics and languages education between them.The content of Patyegarang is based on the kinds of questions they are regularly asked by Australian languages educators and revivers.
Patyegarang offers both original material and links to existing resources that will assist educators to improve their teaching as part of their language revival process. Much of the material will also be useful to those engaged in language maintenance or second language teaching. Patyegarang is very much a work-in-progress that will grow over time, and is open to suggestions and contributions from users and others working in the field.
The Aboriginal Languages of Australia Database allows the user to search for words in by category type or by language. The site has annotated links to 224 resources for about 70 languages. About 33% of these resources are produced or published by Indigenous people. There are more than 200 Australian Indigenous languages. Less than 20 languages are strong, and even these are endangered: the others have been destroyed, live in the memories of the elderly, or are being revived by their communities.
This online learning site is just one part of what is known as Ngapartji Ngapartji – a long-term, inter-generational language and arts project based on Arrernte country in Mparntwe (Alice Springs, Central Australia).
The City of Port Phillip has made this 2014 publication by Meyer Eidelson available free to read online. The book is a beautifully illustrated, comprehensive guide to the area as known by the Boonwurrung people in the past and the present, based on input from contemporary Elders and Traditional Owners together with the records of their ancestors in historical sources by settlers such as William Thomas.