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      From: WGAR News <wgar.news@...>
      Date: 21 December 2013 10:18
      Subject: [WGAR-news] Australia: Aboriginal languages a source of strength: Shyamla Eswaran, Green Left
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      Aboriginal languages a source of strength:
      Shyamla Eswaran, Green Left


      Newsletter date: 21 December 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/12/20/wgar-news-aboriginal-languages-a-source-of-strength-shyamla-eswaran-green-left

      Contents:

      * Shyamla Eswaran, Green Left: Aboriginal languages a source of strength
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Curtis Taylor - world's largest digital storytelling archive for 16 language groups
      * Claire Bowern, The Conversation: Language nests: a way to revive Indigenous languages at risk
      * Chris Raja, ABC Indigenous: Australia is the place of vanishing languages
      * Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools (bilingual education)

      * The Wire: Restricted - a new exhibition explores Indigenous identity [Featuring artist, Raymond Zada]

      * The Guardian: Five questions to Amy McQuire: on Australia's two worlds - one for black and one for white
      * Let's Talk's Tiga Bayles interviews Jeff McMullen, Jon Altman, Mary Graham & Rodney Dillon

      * Solidarity Online: Teachers in NT vote for more strikes to stop cuts


      * SHYAMLA ESWARAN, GREEN LEFT:
      ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES A SOURCE OF STRENGTH



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Green Left: Aboriginal languages a source of strength
      https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/55550
      7 Dec 13: "Ninety two percent of Indigenous languages are
      fading or extinct. Australia has suffered the largest and
      most rapid known loss of languages and past government
      policies have been largely to blame. This is clearly
      outlined in the Our Land: Our Languages report which was
      released by the House of Representatives Standing
      Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs
      late last year. The committee found governments had
      actively repressed the use of Indigenous languages
      throughout contemporary Australian history. They did so
      by outlawing the use by Aboriginal people of their mother
      tongue." By Shyamla Eswaran


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      CURTIS TAYLOR
      - WORLD'S LARGEST DIGITAL STORYTELLING ARCHIVE FOR 16 LANGUAGE GROUPS



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Curtis Taylor
      - world's largest digital storytelling archive for 16 language groups

      http://thestringer.com.au/curtis-taylor-worlds-largest-digital-storytelling-archive-for-16-language-groups/
      20 Nov 13: "Western Desert Martu filmmaker Curtis Taylor
      is developing a digital archive for language groups of
      Western Australia for all people to access and learn about
      their own history and for others to learn of the history
      of the First Peoples of Western Australia. Mr Taylor, who
      came to prominence with the Canning Stock Route project,
      is digitally archiving Aboriginal content, histories,
      documents and images, for digital sharing and digital
      story-telling. 23 year-old Mr Taylor is an award winning
      filmmaker with a bent for recording the histories of
      Western Australia’s Aboriginal peoples for the sake of
      posterity. ... " By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * CLAIRE BOWERN, THE CONVERSATION:
      LANGUAGE NESTS:
      A WAY TO REVIVE INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES AT RISK


      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Conversation: Language nests: a way to revive Indigenous languages at risk
      http://theconversation.com/language-nests-a-way-to-revive-indigenous-languages-at-risk-19824
      13 Nov 13: "More than 90% of Australia’s Indigenous
      languages are critically endangered and two-thirds of those
      languages spoken a hundred years ago are now dormant. The
      seeds of the current situation were sown long ago, even
      before English was widespread in remote communities and
      Aboriginal children went to school. Genocide, forced
      population removal, disease, stolen children, and
      community disruption - all of these have contributed to the
      precarious state of Indigenous languages today. ... "
      Claire Bowern,
      Associate Professor of Linguistics at Yale University


      * CHRIS RAJA, ABC INDIGENOUS:
      AUSTRALIA IS THE PLACE OF VANISHING LANGUAGES



      - Analysis / Opinion

      ABC Indigenous: Australia is the place of vanishing languages
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-19/raja-australia-is-the-place-of-vanishing-languages/5101822/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
      19 Nov 13: "More needs to be done to protect Indigenous
      languages and the culture and heritage they represent,
      writes Chris Raja. ... We need to celebrate the
      multilingual diversity of Australia, especially amongst
      its first people. Instead of devaluing the fact that this
      nation's first people can speak several languages, can we
      respect two-way learning? Let's cherish the wealth and
      wonder of people who still know these old, rare languages
      and stories that we have tried so hard to eradicate."
      By Chris Raja, an Alice Springs-based writer


      * BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS
      (BILINGUAL EDUCATION):


      Last updated: 9 November 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-languages-in-nt-schools-bilingual-education


      * THE WIRE:
      RESTRICTED
      - A NEW EXHIBITION EXPLORES INDIGENOUS IDENTITY
      [FEATURING ARTIST, RAYMOND ZADA]



      - Audio Interview

      The Wire: Restricted - a new exhibition explores Indigenous identity
      Produced by Catherine Zengerer
      http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=11014
      6 Nov 13: "When Aboriginal artist Raymond Zada created
      Racebook, a piece responding to racial slurs on Facebook,
      he never imagined it would go on to win him an art prize,
      and lead him to develop a full exhibition. Restricted,
      which recently opened at National Aboriginal Cultural
      Institute, Tandanya, examines issues facing Indigenous
      Australians and other minority groups, such as identity,
      labelling, and sorry business.
      Image: At Face Value by Raymond Zada
      Featured in story: Artist, Raymond Zada"


      * THE GUARDIAN:
      FIVE QUESTIONS TO AMY MCQUIRE:
      ON AUSTRALIA'S TWO WORLDS
      - ONE FOR BLACK AND ONE FOR WHITE



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Guardian: Five questions to Amy McQuire:
      on Australia's two worlds - one for black and one for white

      http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/20/five-questions-to-amy-mcquire-on-australias-two-worlds-one-for-black-and-one-for-white
      20 Dec 13: "What issue are you most passionate about?
      I think the sky-high rates Australia jails Aboriginal men,
      women and children are appalling and an international
      embarrassment. The latest cuts to Aboriginal legal aid
      will only further burden a system that already jails
      Indigenous people at some of the highest rates in the
      western world. Locking up blackfellas further ruptures
      communities and begets a cycle of disadvantage and
      dysfunction. It says to me the Abbott government is not
      serious about closing the gap."


      * LET'S TALK'S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS
      JEFF MCMULLEN, JON ALTMAN, MARY GRAHAM & RODNEY DILLON



      - Audio Interview

      Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
      Let's Talk - Jeff McMullen

      http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
      19 Dec 13: "Journalist, Author, Speaker, Film Maker &
      Human Rights Advocate
      Links: http://www.jeffmcmullen.com.au/ "
      Listen to this interview on-line:
      http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/jeff-mcmullen-13/


      - Audio Interview

      Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
      Let's Talk - Jon Altman

      http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
      18 Dec 13: "Professor Jon Altman,
      Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR),
      Australian National University Canberra"
      Listen to this interview on-line:
      http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/jon-altman-7/


      - Audio Interview

      Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
      Let's Talk - Mary Graham

      http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
      17 Dec 13: "Kombumerri woman Mary Graham"
      Listen to this interview on-line:
      http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/mary-graham-3/


      - Audio Interview

      Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
      Let's Talk - Rodney Dillon

      http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
      16 Dec 13: "Rodney, a Tasmanian Aborigine (Palawa) is a
      former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
      (ATSIC) Commissioner and recipient of the NAIDOC male
      Person of the Year in 2006 and was recently awarded the
      Human Rights Individual Award at the Tasmanian Human Rights
      Awards"
      Listen to this interview on-line:
      http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/rodney-dillon-2/


      * SOLIDARITY ONLINE:
      TEACHERS IN NT VOTE FOR MORE STRIKES TO STOP CUTS


      - News

      Solidarity Online: Teachers in NT vote for more strikes to stop cuts
      http://www.solidarity.net.au/62/teachers-in-nt-vote-for-more-strikes-to-stop-cuts/
      November 2013: "More than 1800 school teachers in the NT
      staged a 24-hour strike on 12 November against job losses
      and cuts estimated to total $47 million next year. Twenty
      nine schools across the territory were shut, with the rest
      in caretaker mode. Teacher numbers in secondary schools
      have been cut, increasing class sizes. Another 71 support
      staff including ESL specialists and school counselors will
      also lose their jobs. The cuts will hit remote schools in
      Aboriginal communities hard, with new staffing allocations
      to be determined by school attendance, not enrolment. This
      means less resources for schools that need the funding
      most. ... "

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