Libraries share First Nations language stories

This is an image of a library staff member and a project participant.
Logan City Council Libraries and Creative Industries Manager Annette Turner (left) with project participant Boneta-Marie Mabo.

Published: 21st February 2020

Language stories from Logan are now showcased on Logan City Council’s website.

They were launched at a special celebration last week at Logan Central Library.

The stories were developed to mark the 2019 United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages.

The Our words our stories project recognises that the City of Logan is home to a Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population with a rich diversity of languages.

This includes descendants from the original peoples of Logan and from across Australia.

The stories offer personal insights from people who live, work or perform in the City of Logan.

The narrated language stories feature in 10 podcast recordings with visual overlays.

This includes a photo of the person telling the story, as well as slides showing the language words, their phonetic pronunciation and English meaning.

Maps of where the languages are spoken are also featured.

The stories have been provided by:

  • Anita Heiss (Wiradjuri language)
  • Gregg Dreise (Gamilaraay language)
  • Derek Oram Sandy (Yuggera language)
  • Aunty Margaret Finlay (Gunggari language)
  • Robert Ah Wing (Kalkatunga language)
  • Aunty Jeanette Fabila (the language of dance)
  • Toni Pollard (the Nyeumba-Meta story)
  • Aunty Kerry Charlton (Yuggera language)
  • Neta-Rie Mabo (Meriam Mir language, East Torres Strait Islands)
  • Aunty Dorothy Buhmann (Kalaw Lagaw Ya language, West Torres Strait Islands)

A new eBook version of the picture book Wajin: the Guardian of Scrubby Creek has also been launched.

The book is set in Scrubby Creek which is well-known in the City of Logan for its wildlife.

The book’s main character is a platypus named Wajin.

The eBook is accompanied by an interactive video featuring 360-degree filming at Scrubby Creek, featuring the tale’s creators Uncle Reg Knox and Beverley Knox.

Uncle Reg illustrated the original picture book and Bev wrote the story in 2004.

Their daughter Missy Knox has narrated the new digital version.

To view our stories, please see First Nations.  For an overview of the project please visit our YouTube channel and have a look at Listen to our words our stories video. 

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