LINGAD 2007
Indigenous Languages Conference
25 – 28 September 2007
University of Adelaide
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Some of the highlights from the
LINGAD 2007 Conference.
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Tuesday 25 September
Opening Session
Kauwanu (Uncle) Lewis Yerloburka O’Brien’s welcome speech
Prof. Roger Thomas: “Welcome our brothers and sisters.”
Prof. Roger Thomas: “Indigenous Languages are endangered.”
Prof. Peter Buckskin: “The diversity and richness of our
languages
is a force to be reckoned with.”
Dr. Alitya Wallara Rigney: “We have a long history of fighting
and surviving and that’s what our children intend to do.”
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Tuesday 25 September
Panel Discussion
Leonora Adidi: “This is food for thought.”
Jeanie Bell: “Who controls your language? A serious
issue we all need to address.”
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Tuesday 25 September
Plenary - Maori TV
Te Haumihiata Mason:
“To capture the essence of Maori story, scripts need to be
written in Maori.”
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Tuesday 25 September
Sahaptin-Nez Perce Placenames
Phil Cash Cash: “This is when I first became aware, and
they name the place.”
Phil Cash Cash: “How knowledge became formed
through language and landscape.”
Phil Cash Cash: “I would rather have people argue about
language than the opposite.”
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Wednesday 26 September
Maori Monolingual Dictionary
Jaky Troy: “As an Aboriginal person I like to have our
language maintained.”
Te Haumihiata Mason: “My language is my identity.
Without my language I am lost.”
Te Haumihiata Mason: “In haka, the frog is referred to
as ika ‘fish’.”
Te Haumihiata Mason: “Still don’t know what a penguin
is!”
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Wednesday 26 September
Documenting Language, Visualizing Culture
Phil Cash Cash: “The fluent speaker’s perspective on
language opens up another world of treasures.”
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Wednesday 26 September
Is Saving Languages a Good Investment?
Michael Walsh : “Most of our languages will be
endangered.”
Michael Walsh: “Even in a ‘strong’ language,
there are domains of that language, such as
‘song language’, which are endangered.”
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Wednesday 26 September
Discussion on ‘Who Controls Your Language?’
Prof. McWha -Vice Chancellor of the University of
Adelaide: “It is our aim to become the university of first
choice for Indigenous research.”
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Wednesday 26th
Discussion on ‘Who Controls Your Language?’
Karl Telfer: “Who controls Kaurna Language?”
Rob Amery: “Control is achieved through knowledge and use.”
Roger Thomas: “I control my language, myself and my family.”
David Nash: “I think everyone feels that their language is very
important.”
David Nash: “What does it feel like to think that your language needs
you?”
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Wednesday 26 September
Discussion on ‘Who Controls Your Language?’
Georgina Yambo Williams - Kaurna senior Woman: “I
have to say this is the best Conference I have been to.”
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Thursday 27 September
Plenary
Language Landscapes of Children in Remote
Australia
Jane Simpson: “Language shift can take place remarkably
fast.”
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Snaps from the conference -Enjoy!
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Dr. Alitya Wallara Rigney
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Te Haumihiata Mason
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Kauwanu Lewis Yerloburka O’Brien
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Lizzie Ellis
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David Prosser
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Tracy Bunda introduces Te Haumihiata Mason
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Phil Cash Cash
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Tanya Wanganeen presents Narungga
resources
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Vincent (Jack) Kanya Buckskin presents Kaurna
placenames website
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Rob Amery (Conference Convenor)
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Professor Roger Thomas and Kauwanu Lewis O'Brien
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Alitya Wallara Rigney and Cherie Warrara Watkins
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Denise Karpany and Pilawuk White
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Pat Waria-Read and Betty Branson
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Tracey Bunda and Des Crump
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Bobby Brown and Petter Naessan
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Ralph Doole and John Atkinson
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Jane and Greg Wilson
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Christine Brown interviews Uncle Herb Patten - invited
gum-leaf player
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Ngarrindjeri Contingent: Dorothy French, Louisa
Schapel, Vicky Cooper and Rebecca Carter
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David Prosser, Michael Jarrett and Steve Morelli
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Ngarrindjeri Contingent: Lena Rigney, Vicki
Hartman, Addie Smith, Lynne Graham and Eileen
McHughes
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West Coast Contingent: Reva Miller, Aunty Gladys
Miller, Wanda Miller, Estelle Miller.
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Some of the Australian Plenary Panelists:
Lorraine Injie, Dr. Marika and Leonora Adidi
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Prof. Peter Buckskin introduces the Australian
Plenary Panel Discussion
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The Australian Plenary Panel:
Lorraine Injie, Leonora Adidi, Alitya Wallara Rigney,
Jeanie Bell, Ralph Doole, John Atkinson
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The Australian Plenary Panel:
Lorraine Injie, Dr Marika, Leonora Adidi, Alitya
Wallara Rigney (speaking), Jeanie Bell, Ralph
Doole, John Atkinson
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Dorothy French and Mary-Anne Gale
displaying Ngarrindjeri language materials
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Taikurtinna Dance Group:
Jamie Ngungana Goldsmith, Vincent (Jack)
Kanya Buckskin, Steve Gadlabarti Goldsmith
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Taikurtinna Dance Group
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Steve Goldsmith, Christine Brown, and David Prosser
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Steve Gadlabarti Goldsmith and Christine Brown
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Te Haumihiata Mason, our visitor
from Aotearoa (New Zealand)
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A question from the audience
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Kauwanu Lewis O'Brien talks about the Kaurna footy
stickers Mekuamarti! ‘May the Crows pick out your eyes!’
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Gail Woods & Margaret Carew, BIITE, Alice Springs
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Jennifer Munro and Susan Poetsch
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Christine Brown conducts interviews for Nunga
Wangga Radio show
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Phil Cash Cash with some Australian Friends
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Book sellers
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Margareta Rebelos (with daughter Liana) one of the
main organisers with student volunteers Josh Nash
and Sharif Mogaddham
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Margareta Rebelos and daughter Liana
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Lunchbreak outside the Napier Building
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Alex Rankin, caterer, and the fruits of his
work in the background
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Catering staff from Tauondi College provided us
with bush tucker. Yum!
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Phil Cash Cash brings the flag of the Cayuse, Walla
Walla and Umatilla Confederated Tribes of the
Umatilla Indian Reservation
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Georgina Yambo Williams: “This is the best
Conference I have been to!”
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Tuesday 25th Opening Session 9:30