CD of songs to main­tain knowl­edge of lan­guages

Pilbara News - - Education - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ A CD fea­tur­ing songs in tra­di­tional Pil­bara lan­guages has been re­leased by West Aus­tralian Mu­sic.

Sounds of the Pil­bara II show­cases five in­dige­nous lan­guages — Nyiya­parli, Nyangu­marta, Nya­mal, Ngar­luma and Kur­rama.

Wangka Maya Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal Lan­guage Cen­tre man­ager Julie Walker said the CD was an im­por­tant step in pre­serv­ing in­dige­nous lan­guages.

“The chal­lenges to pre­serve and re­vi­talise in­dige­nous lan­guages are con­sid­er­able, with many crit­i­cally en­dan­gered in Aus­tralia,” she said.

“With­out in­ter­ven­tion, it’s be­lieved lan­guage knowl­edge will cease to ex­ist in the next five to 20 years.”

WAM chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Harris said the CD would ex­pose new au­di­ences to tra­di­tional in­dige­nous mu­sic and lan­guage.

“We hope the pro­ject con­trib­utes to pro­tect­ing tra­di­tional in­dige­nous lan­guages of the Pil­bara,” he said.

The CD is avail­able to lis­ten to free at http://wam.org.au/sound­sof-the-pil­bara-ii-songs-in-lan­guage-launch.

Phys­i­cal copies of the CD are also avail­able from the Wangka Maya Pil­bara Abo­rig­i­nal Lan­guage Cen­tre in South Hed­land, or lim­ited copies from WAM.

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