The Anindilyakwa language (Amamalya Ayakwa) is an Australian Aboriginal language spoken by the Warnindilyakwa people on Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory of Australia. An estimated 1500 – 2000 Anindilyakwa first language speakers live throughout the communities of the Groote Eylandt Archipelago including Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra and Numbulwar (located in East Arnhem Land.)
Groote Eylandt Language Centre was originally formed by the Church Missionary Society. In 2006 it became part of the Anindilyakwa Land Council and is now an active member of the ALC’s preserving cultural team. It has a long-standing association within the community and is a respected organisation both on and off the island.
The Language Centre’s mission to protect, maintain and promote the Anindilyakwa Language for future generations involves a varied and comprehensive portfolio of work and projects which is enthusiastically lead by Anindilyakwa speakers.
Some of the work which the Language Centre performs includes the following:
- Teaching Warnumamalya adults and children to read and write in Anindilyakwa
- Recording oral history and stories and sharing them with community
- Translating and sharing important information in Anindilyakwa
- Dictionary projects
- Curating and digitising Groote Eylandt’s cultural heritage collection
- Working with the Department of Education to develop a bilingual language curriculum for all schools across the Archipelago and the residential boarding school on Bickerton Island that will be constructed in 2021.
The Language Centre has evolved from humble beginnings in Angurugu and with the support of the ALC it now has offices located in Angurugu, Umbakumba and has a strong presence the Milyakbura Cultural Centre.
The Language Centre staff are a diverse and strong team who work together and share the same values.
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