ABC Open
12:29

ABC Open: Yamani, Voices of an Ancient Land

ABC Me June 27, 2017

Indigenous Australians

Languages

5-6
7-8
Classification: General Classification: General
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For tens of thousands of years, the rich and beautiful sounds of thousands of languages washed across this earth. Over all of Australia it is believed there were more than 500 ...

For tens of thousands of years, the rich and beautiful sounds of thousands of languages washed across this earth. Over all of Australia it is believed there were more than 500 at one time. Around 200 years ago, a new language began to replace them, sweeping across Australia with such force that some parts of it could no longer hear the voices that told its stories and held its secrets. A deep silence seemed to be looming. Then, finally, a change began. As the volume of the old words faded to a whisper in some places, the people who are their custodians began to take action, calling for respect, for the rights to speak and be heard in their traditional tongues, while stirring everyone to appreciate the treasury of knowledge held in their languages. The Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee was formed in 2005 in recognition of the need for a state body to advocate for Indigenous languages. Many of the group have known each other for many years prior through informal language networks. Together they have achieved many things for Queensland languages. Over the years the women have found a collective passion for music and song. Some just love to sing and others wants to see their songs passed on the younger women. It was decided that for one meeting the women would each bring a song in their language to share with the others. This contemporary musical gathering seeded the realisation singing in this way gives new life to the ancient process of sharing music between communities, and empowers the participants to share their languages. Join with them, by listening or singing along, to let their ancient lands once again - and in ever louder volume - hear the voices that hold and tell its stories.

Characters Of Broome
25:53

Characters Of Broome

Episode 1 SBS November 11, 2016

Indigenous Australians

History

7-8
9-10
Classification: General Classification: General
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This documentary showcases the story of Donnelly McKenzie and Dianne Appleby. Donnelly McKenzie is a quiet gentleman of Broome who had his humble beginnings working at ...

This documentary showcases the story of Donnelly McKenzie and Dianne Appleby. Donnelly McKenzie is a quiet gentleman of Broome who had his humble beginnings working at Streeter and Male and soon became the town's top sorter and grader of pearls. In fact, he was so good that his employer had to share him around with other pearling companies. Donnelly was also a great sportsman, excelling at football, basketball and later darts, all where he competed in many tournaments and sporting carnivals. Donnelly has some charming and some not-so-charming stories, especially those before the 1967 referendum, at which time Broome lived as a segregated community. Later in life, Donnelly became friends with Joe Roe and started a counselling service called Pinakarra that visited prisoners. Now semi-retired, he works two days a week at Pinakarra, and apart from that lives a quiet, retired life with children and grandchildren. Dianne Appleby is from the famous Broome family of the Edgar's. Although she lives a contemporary life, Di values the importance of language and culture. She is a linguist and is a fluent speaker in two languages - her mothers and fathers, Karrajarri and Yawuru. Along with her mother Doris, Di regularly performs the Welcome to Country ceremony at Broome's major events and was instrumental in establishing the Yawuru language classes at the Cable Beach Primary School. Di currently works for the Department of Corrective Services while supporting community organisations and the continuation and strengthening of the local language and culture.

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