Ninggoowoong Woorrnging: The Miriwoong Family Song
On June 9, a cohort of Year 3 students performed a Miriwoong song at the Kununurra District High School’s whole school assembly. This is the first time in recent memory that a song in an Indigenous language has been performed at the school.
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MDWg team visits Moonamoorem (Goanna Dreaming site)
In early May, the MDWg team visited an important Miriwoong cultural site- Moonamoorem (the Goanna Dreaming). Here, we gathered footage for a film about Miriwoong storytelling. Our Project Linguist, Frances Kofod is recording and producing this film. Frances has been working with MDWg staff and Miriwoong Elders to capture stories that are important to Miriwoong people. An important part of this project has also been to encourage younger team members to tell their own stories. Continue reading Team visit to Moonamoorem, The Goanna Dreaming Site
New MDWg Publications
This year has been a busy one for the team at MDWg. We’ve spent lots of time learning language from our Elders, continued recording on Waringarri Radio and taught Miriwoong to 400 woothoo-woothoong (children) each week.
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2017 at Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring
2017 has been a huge, productive and exciting year for everyone at MDWg. We’re extremely proud of the achievements made by Language Workers, the Language Nest team, and the organisation as a whole. We’ve compiled some of our favourite photos to recap the year- we hope you enjoy it!
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MDWg Leader Completes AILC Training
In early November, Senior Language Worker Glennis Galbat-Newry began the first of two blocks in a Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership. Glennis, along with a group of other emerging leaders participated in the course. The course was delivered by the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC). On December 8, Glennis completed her second and final block, and accepted her certificate at a graduation ceremony that night.
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Miriwoong Language Rescue
This year, MDWg launched the Miriwoong Language Rescue (MLR) initiative. The Miriwoong Language Rescue is designed to raise awareness amongst East Kimberley visitors, tourists and residents of the work that we do at MDWg. By making people aware of the steps being taken to preserve and revitalise the Miriwoong language, we are inviting supporters and advocates to the MDWg community. Continue reading Miriwoong Language Rescue
This year, MDWg launched the Modern Miriwoong project. Modern Miriwoong is an initiative designed to increase the amount of Miriwoong signage displayed throughout Kununurra and its surrounds. Since the project launched in July, we have been busy approaching local businesses and organisations and offering language consultation.
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MDWg wins at the East Kimberley Aboriginal Achievement Awards!
On August 26 2017, MDWg were announced the Outstanding Organisation Contributing to Community Life at the East Kimberley Aboriginal Achievement Awards (EKAAAs).
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A Miriwoong Lexicon for All
In 2012, the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs tabled the report entitled “Our Land, Our Languages“. A key finding from this report was that language is inseparable from culture, kinship, land and family and is the foundation upon which the capacity to learn, interact and to shape identity is built. Through the publication of ‘Miriwoong Woorlang Yawoorroonga-woorr’, or ‘a Miriwoong Lexicon for All’, MDWg is continuing to revitalise and provide the community with much-needed access to the Miriwoong language. Continue reading A Miriwoong Lexicon for All