Over the past six months VACL has released three new language apps in collaboration with Traditional Owner Groups and Miromaa. With the use of these apps, communities are able to learn and share their languages, connect further with culture and strenghten the revival of Victorian Aboriginal Languages.
This App is an introduction to the Tati Tati, Mutti Mutti, Latji Latji and Wadi Wadi languages of north-western Victoria. The content in this App was developed by Brendan Kennedy and the Aboriginal community in Robinvale, in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.
This app in an introduction to the Wadawurrung language of the region that encompasses the Geelong and Ballarat ares of Victoria. The content of this app was produced in partnership with the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation and the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.
This app is an introduction to the Taungurung Language of central Victoria. The content of this app was developed through a series of workshops with Taungurung community and Buxton Primary School students. These workshops were led by Dhaagung Wurrung (Taungurung) Elder Aunty Lee Healy, Linguist and Project Coordinator with Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation. Content was developed in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.
“Taungurung Language expresses our spiritual life, linking both people and land, language and land together. It is integral to linking past, present and future for all Australians. We believe that language revival is most important for gathering, learning and practising the lost ceremonial songs, dances and spiritual stories of our culture. We would like to acknowledge past and present Taungurung people for their wealth of knowledge and giving the next generation foundations from which to move forward. Their work will be valued for generations to come.” – Aunty Lee Healy.
We would like to extend a big congratulations to our friends at Miromaa for winning Organisation of the Year at the inaugural Dreamtime Awards! The team at Miromaa do a wonderful job of creating these apps and supporting language revival projects in Victoria. We're very pleased to hear they have been acknowledged in this significant way!
For free downloads, using your apple device, click on the images above or visit the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages on the app store here and see the full range of digital resources available.
This App is an introduction to the Tati Tati, Mutti Mutti, Latji Latji and Wadi Wadi languages of north-western Victoria. The content in this app was developed by Brendan Kennedy and the Aboriginal community in Robinvale, in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.
Click on the icon above to download this free resource for use on iOS devices.
In September 2016 VACL staff travelled via the flood diversions to Robinvale to work with VACL board member Brendan Kennedy and the Tati Tati, Mutti Mutti, Latji Latji and Wadi Wadi communities.
In a series of workshops over three days, a group of children were given the opportunity to create artwork, take photographs and record language words and songs for an upcoming app to be released featuring languages from North West Victoria.
Using iPads, cameras and art materials the children set out to illustrate close to 100 words for the upcoming Tyalingi App. The group were also recorded singing burpi, niti, partingi, thinangi (heads, shoulders, knees, toes) as part of a suite of songs which will also feature in the app. Children were then given the opportunity to individually practice and record Tati Tati, Mutti Mutti, Latji Latji and Wadi Wadi words with Brendan.
Brendan Kennedy runs the Robinvale Language Program Yakila Yarna Thalingi (Learning to Speak Language) at Robinvale P-12 College.
For more information on Yakila Yarna Thanlingi click here
Songs from Brendan Kennedy's book Wangilatha Wangu nga Kiyawatha will also feature in the upcoming app.
The Robinvale Language Program 'Yakila Yarna Thalingi' (Learning to Speak Language) began at Robinvale P-12 College in July 2015, with Brendan Kennedy teaching local Aboriginal languages Tati Tati, Latji Latji, Wadi Wadi and Mutti Mutti to students from Prep to Grade 3.
The College has chosen an innovative approach to their Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program, offering all Prep to Grade 2 students classes in four different language groups; Aboriginal Indigenous, European, Pacific Islands and Asian. Students are then given the option of choosing which one to specialise in from Grade 3 onwards.
As part of the Aboriginal Languages class students have been learning songs, stories, games, body parts, plant names and places, all of which are imbedded with local knowledge and culture.
"I have a passion for my past, my peoples and my ancestral history. Language is imbedded within the landscape and it's not fair that our language doesn't recieve the respect and recognition it deserves. I've got a responsibility to make sure our kids and our grandkids have access to our language. All the answers we are looking for are in our language." - Brendan Kennedy
Brendan was born at Robinvale on Tati Tati Country and is a descendant of the Tati Tati, Wadi Wadi and Mutti Mutti tribal lands and language groups.
Brendan is also currently teaching language classes at Murray Valley Aboriginal Co-operative Early Child-Care Centre, Robinvale Pre-School and Mallee Family Care Playgroup.
To download a pdf version of Yakila Yarna Thalingi (Learning to Speak Language) click here
VACL has collaborated with Brendan Kennedy from the Tati Tati Aboriginal Corporation in Robinvale to publish his songs and stories translated into traditional Tati Tati, Mutti Mutti and Wadi Wadi languages of North Western Victoria.
Brendan has written dozens of songs and stories, from which nine were chosen to be included in this book, sharing local stories and connecting to country.
"I was born on the flood grounds of the Murray River on my Ancestral lands in Tati Tati Country. I dedicate this book of language songs and stories to my mother's people, River people and Mallee people because these songs and stories are about their land, water and animals." - Brendan Kennedy
Please contact VACL for more information about this publication.
To see Brendan reading one of the stories from this book, check out the video link below.
To learn more about Brendan, you can view his profile on our board members page here.