Preserving Indigenous languages through colonial records

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There is much work being done across Australia to re-awaken and preserve Indigenous languages.

Many draw on the existing knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but where this has cultural knowledge has been lost resources from institutions such as libraries and museums are being used to fill in the gaps.

Some of those records reach back as far as the first fleet when colonists observed and learned language and culture.

These detailed accounts and the opportunities they present will be discussed at the National Library of Australia’s Language Keepers conference on 8-9 February 2019.

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