Ancient Languages, New Sounds & New Skills
Our two year project Ancient Languages New Sounds project has finished in fine style with a beautiful double album of songlines and stories from several Dhuwa clans and a NIMA to go with it! The double album won best ‘NT Traditional Music’ at the National Indigenous Music Awards held in Darwin in August. Since that time, Dhuwa and Yirritja content from the whole project has been aired on Yolŋu Radio.
This companion booklet will soon be available so that album and radio audiences can learn more about the whole project: recordings, language work, participation across four communities, launching and celebrating the album, and the future for this work. The larger format will make this keepsake booklet more accessible to Yolŋu project participants. As we continue in this work, this booklet is a milestone of a two year project that we hope will be enjoyed and appreciated for many years to come.
Meanwhile, our team is preparing two more language and workshops in the first half of next year. Our team is particularly interested to record and learn the women’s songs of northeast Arnhem Land. Watch this space for more information about the Ancient Languages, New Skills project in 2019!
These projects are funded by the Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program, Department of Communications and Arts.