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The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.
The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.
Language is more than a way of communicating, it holds cultural knowledge of law, ecology, family, geography, health, diet, history, philosophy, religion, astronomy, food and more. The Wonnarua language is the main language of the Cessnock LGA. Across Australia many of the place names for our suburbs, rivers, mountains and parks come from Indigenous language words. Locally some of these include; Congewai, Kurri Kurri, Laguna, Nulkaba and Wollombi.
Everyone is invited to participate!
There is another fantastic program scheduled for NAIDOC Week 2017, with events and activities happening across the LGA.
Find the full program here.
A program of events is available at Cessnock City Council Administration Centre, Cessnock City Libraries and participating venues.
For further information please contact Jo Miller, Community and Cultural Engagement Officer on email@example.com or 4993 4258