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Gambay: Australian First Languages Map

Here in Hedland, we are proud to acknowledge the Kariyarra, Ngarla, and Njamal people as the traditional custodians of Port Hedland.

But just how much do you know about their language?

Language and culture are important, and so is respect and understanding.

To help us, First Languages Australia have developed an amazing resource which showcases and maps out the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, and teaches us a few words along the way.

The interactive map is called Gambay, meaning ‘together; in Butchulla language – of the Harvey Bay region in Queensland.

According to First Languages Australia, “Gambay showcases over 780 languages. It is the first Australian map that allows Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities control over the way their languages are publicly represented.

To support language revival and maintenance at the community level, the map can group languages by colour to help communities identify the neighbouring languages with which they may most easily share language resources.

As only around twenty of Australia’s traditional languages are used daily by fluent speakers, establishing links between related languages is key to reviving Australia’s first languages.”

For more information, visit: Gambay: Australian First Languages Map