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Presented by the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society at Charles Darwin University in association with Darwin Festival

Join us at Charles Darwin University as we take inspiration from the UN observed Year of Indigenous Languages to curate a series of inspiring sessions that look at what is, can and should be done to keep this important aspect of Indigenous culture alive. The day’s discussions start with a performance by the stunning Tiwi Strong Women’s Choir.

Songs of Strength: Culture, Practice and Resilience

Darwin Festival artists and guests, including Canadian musician Leela Gilday, Groote Eylandt-born singer-songwriter Emily Wurramara and Teresita Puruntatameri (Tiwi Strong Women’s Choir) discuss the ways language and cultural practice foster identity and resilience in Indigenous communities, particularly through song.

PULiiMA: Making Voice

PULiiMA, a unique conference bringing together leading Indigenous language advocates from around Australia and internationally, celebrating the rich and diverse role of Indigenous languages and the UN-declared International Year of Indigenous Languages, is being held in Darwin in August 2019. A special panel of guests from the conference, including Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla (Native Hawaiian), Phillemon Mosby (Torres Strait Islands), Karina Lester (Yankunytjatjara Anangu, South Australia), Leitha Assan (Torres Strait Islands) and Daryn McKenny (Gamillaray, and PULiiMA event director) will discuss their experiences and ideas with Festival audiences.

Revive And Thrive: Indigenous Language Reclamation

A panel of guests, including CDU Larrakia Academic in Residence Aunty Bilawara Lee, discuss the movement to bring back endangered Indigenous languages, including the fascinating work to revive the Larrakia/Gulumerrgin language.

  • Image This map is based on the AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia, ©AIATSIS 1996. For more information about using this map please visit aiatsis.gov.au
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