To celebrate the first day of NAIDOC week (July 2-9), our strength and culture, I would like to share with you some Jaru and Kija words from my mob up in the Kimberley.
Here is some of the Jaru/Kija language in the amazing Indigenous Hip Hop Project songs from Halls Creek.
You mob already know what your language means to you. Lots of us lost our language through invasion, Stolen Generation, racist policies and more. I can speak fluent Standard Australian English and Aboriginal English, and many Jaru/Kija words.
There were 250+ distinct Aboriginal language groups that covered Australia before European invasion. Today Jaru and Kija join the 120 approx. of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.
Today we let the world know, our languages matter. They help us understand our cultural identity, link us to the land and water, they help us share our history, spirityality and Law.
Here are some challenges for all you Aboriginal mob this week:
Our debut book due to launch with Magabala Books in 2018 celebrates the Jaru language with many words used to help tell the story. I can’t wait to share it with you mob!
Share some words in your language with me in the comments! What are you doing to celebrate NAIDOC day?