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Talking Deadly with Dr Clint Bracknell

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State Library of New South Wales

Glasshouse, Lower Ground Floor

Macquarie Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

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Many Aboriginal song traditions are critically endangered. Song is of central importance in Aboriginal knowledge systems, and holds inherent potential to nourish culture, language and wellbeing. When a group of relevant senior Noongar people in southern West Australia were presented with a fragmentary but rich collection of archival songs in their endangered Aboriginal language, one senior man summed up the common sentiment, saying: ‘Well, we got to have all of ‘em [Noongar people] singing these songs!’ Working to that end, the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project (www.wirlomin.com.au) has slowly been building momentum, strengthening the connections between song, people and Country along the south coast of Western Australia.


Join Dr Clint Bracknell for Talking Deadly as he talks about the potential for song to bolster Aboriginal language revitalisation, sharing experiences of song and language activism among his Wirlomin Noongar mob in southern WA.

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