CD of songs to maintain knowledge of languages
■ 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.