Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages

State Library of Queensland

Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages is a fascinating, free exhibition about the survival and revival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages showing at the State Library of Queensland from November 21 to April 19. 

Only 50 Queensland languages remain spoken daily, from over 125 languages that were once spoken. Rediscover these indigenous languages lost and reawakened by the strength of culture, identity and connection to Country.

Spoken, State Library of Queensland

This thought-provoking exhibition features the exciting work of six Queensland communities saving their traditional languages: Wik (Aurukun), Guugu Yimidhirr (Hope Vale), Yuwibara (Mackay), Yugambeh (South East Qld), Kala Lagaw Ya & Miriam Mir (Torres Strait Islands) and Kuungkari, Bidjara, Iningai, Wangkangurru and Yarluyandi (Central West Qld region).

Spoken also presents an alternative retelling of the prevailing colonial narrative – placing rare historical records alongside the inspiring work of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who tell their own language stories through art, song and creativity.

Visitors will be able to view Australia’s most significant historical document, James Cook’s Endeavour Journal. This historic journal of the H.M.S. Endeavour holds the first 130 Aboriginal words ever recorded by Europeans in the Guugu Yimidhirr language but hear the Guugu Yimidhirr perspective of those interactions with the foreign explorers.

Need to know - James Cook’s Endeavour Journal is on loan from National Library of Australia until March 10, 2020. 

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Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages

State Library of Queensland

Stanley Pl

South Brisbane

Nov 21 - Apr 19



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