Muurrbay attend Boomerang Festival
Muurrbay went along to the inaugural Boomerang Festival at Tyagarah Farm near Byron Bay, on Bundjalung country. We were treated to an amazing range of talented Aboriginal performers, as well as thought provoking discussions, plays and films.
Muurrbay had a language stall, and in between shows many people came to yarn with us about language. Michael Jarrett, Shaa Smith, Pauline Hooler and Maxine Jarrett ran Gumbaynggirr language workshops on both days, and inspired people to learn some language. They talked about the importance of their culture and language and few tears were shed by speakers and audience members… We look forward to coming back to Boomerang next year!
Certificate III in Gumbaynggirr language & culture maintenance course in 2014
Language classes, especially for Goories in Education, will start up again in 2014. We are offering a Certificate III in Gumbaynggirr language and we are seeking feedback from prospective students who are interested in attending. This will assist Muurrbay in the planning. If you are interested in attending next year, please click here to download a survey. When complete please return survey to Sue via email to email@example.com or you can mail to Sue Tomkins C/- Muurrbay ALCC, 14 Bellwood Road, Nambucca Heads NSW 2448. You can call us on 0265 694 294 if you would like further information.
Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative
Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative began in 1986, when Gumbaynggirr Elders got together to revive their language and hand it down. Muurrbay means ‘white fig tree’ in the Gumbaynggirr language. We support Aboriginal people, particularly Gumbaynggirr, in the revival and maintenance of their language and culture, and so strengthen their sense of identity, self esteem and links to country. We provide vital support to Aboriginal communities who want to revitalize their languages; covering an area from the Tweed to the Hawkesbury River and six languages: Bundjalung-Yugambeh, Yaygirr, Gumbaynggirr, Gathang, Awabakal-Wanarrua and Darkinyung.
Muurrbay gratefully acknowledges funding from the Australian Government’s Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport via its Indigenous Languages Support (ILS) program. We auspice the Many Rivers Aboriginal Language Centre, a regional language activity that provides vital support to Aboriginal communities who want to revitalize their languages; this covers an area from the Tweed to the Hawkesbury River.
Muurrbay conducts language research and publishes language and teaching resources as well as developing and teaching Certificate language courses for adults, and supporting language teachers in pre-schools and schools. We have published six dictionaries and grammars of Aboriginal languages, language teaching resources, Elder’s memoirs, children’s stories and the Handbook of the Aboriginal Languages of NSW and the ACT. We support the community by being a venue for work experience, assist with proof of identity and connecting with family; we have an e-hub that provides access to computers and the internet, and provide administrative support to Aboriginal people who are applying to study or work.
We provide advice on language to: Aboriginal community members and organisations, TAFE and University students, Department of Environment and Climate Change (National Parks and Wildlife), Local Councils, the Department of Education and Training, Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs and the NSW Board of Studies.