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Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council



Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council

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Anindilyakwa Land Council newsletter


Anindilyakwa Land Council


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Groote Eylandt (N.T.); Anindilyakwa Land Council; Aboriginal Australians; Land tenure; Periodicals

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Issue 11, October/November 2012 Edition

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CMYK SPOT A | 19 Ayakwa | October/ November 2012 Issue 11 arT & CuLTurE Professional CDs ready for sale bIG arrIVaL: Sylvia Tkac, Carole Wurramara and rhoda Lalara excitedly unpack the new CDs. Groote Eylandt Linguistics workers were excited to receive professionally produced copies of recordings that they have compiled. The CDs of Clan Songs, Language Learning, Modern Band and Milyakburra Band were produced in Darwin. Linguist Rhoda Lalara said lots of work had been put into creating the CDs. The linguistic workers will be running stalls in each community over the coming weeks to sell the products. The CDs can also be purchased through the Ngarnindilyakwa Langwa Shopa in the Alyangula Arcade and the Anindilyakwa Arts and Cultural Centre. Learning and fun with iStories More anindilyakwa people are getting involved in learning with iPads and Talking Photo albums. People of all ages are creating and sharing stories. The young ones and their families are also playing iPad puzzles and games for beginners reading and counting. Among them is the Umbakumba preschool/transition class. Project officer Tony Gray recently showed the class lots of movies made by Angurugu people and shared lots of fantastic games. TECHnoLoGy: Project officer Tony Gray and Susanne bara are working with community groups to make teaching apps for preschool aged children. Workshops were held in June to help people learn to read and write in anindilyakwa. Fourteen certificates of participation were awarded to adults who completed the four-day Learning to Read and Write in Anindilyakwa. The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation hosted the workshops in Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra. Project founder Mary-Ruth Mendel helped the participants identify phonetic sounds in English and Anindilyakwa with a range of games and tools to help them learn. Groote Eylandt Linguistics worker Sylvia Tkac said learning Anindilyakwa would also help children learn English. Its important for children to be able to read and write in their own language it makes it easier to learn another language, she said. Angurugu Families as First Teachers coordinator Sharron Allwood said it was a great turn out of adults. This program really makes people engage in learning and its wonderful to observe, Sharron said. We hope that equipping adults with language skills will enable them to share it with their children at home. Children come into school with very little English, so it is definitely a challenge, and we often have to start from scratch with their English language skills. The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation works at creating real impacts for marginalised Australians, teaching both kids and adults literacy skills which they can pass on to their friends, families and communities. Indigenous families did the course because they wanted to teach their children to read and write in Anindilyakwa, Linguistics worker Frances Hartley said. Language goes to the heart and soul of ones identity and gives connection to family, country and community. It instils a sense of Learning to read and write in anindilyakwa ProGrESS: rhoda Lalara and Carol Wurramara show the puppets that were used to help teach the language. enormous pride to master your own language. College Director Mark Monaghan said the partnership between ALNF and schools has been a great tool to support the early literacy acquisition for students as they enter formal schooling. CMYK