Treasures Talk: Indigenous Languages in our Collection

Date
Tuesday, 16 April, 10:30am - 11:45am
Wednesday, 1 May, 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Tuesday, 14 May, 10:30am - 11:45am
Wednesday, 29 May, 5:30pm - 6:45pm

Event Details

  • Date
    Tuesday, 16 April, 10:30am - 11:45am
    Wednesday, 1 May, 5:30pm - 6:45pm
    Tuesday, 14 May, 10:30am - 11:45am
    Wednesday, 29 May, 5:30pm - 6:45pm
  • Location
    Northern Territory Library
  • Cost
    Free
Three goannas, painted by Sabrina Kelly
Description

From Iwaidja to Arrernte, Indigenous languages appear in the Northern Territory Library collection in a range of rare and valuable 'treasures'

From the first European arrivals on the Territory coast in the 1820s right through to the present day, efforts have been made to record Indigenous words and phrases. Increasing, Indigenous Territorians have taken a leading role in this process. 

More than 250 distinct Indigenous languages and dialects were spoken in Australia at the time of colonisation in 1788.  Today, more than 50 Aboriginal languages and dialects are still spoken in the Northern Territory. However, the majority of these languages are considered highly endangered because there are so few surviving speakers.

Increasingly, Indigenous Territorians have taken a leading role in this process. 

United Nations has declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages and we invite you to explore and celebrate the Territory’s rich history of recording Indigenous languages through our Treasures Talk series.

 

The talks have been hugely popular. If you've booked and find yourself no longer available, please cancel via libraryevents@nt.gov.au

Artwork by Sabrina Kelly, featured in Let's go hunting in Alekarenge