Interactive Indigenous Language Map

ABC Indigenous has a terrific online interactive resource. The map is based on language data from a number of respected sources and tries to contain all the language or tribal groups in Australia.

Clicking though various language groups will allow you in some cases to hear the language spoken, and possibly hear the story being told in English. There may also be links to other online resources.

You can cheat a bit and hear Ngaanyatjarra and the English version of a story spoken by Lizzie Ellis of a man who drank a lake a day and finally died from drinking trying to empty a lake that would not empty. It’s a bed time story to remind kids to regularly drink small amounts of water through the day. A pretty important message if you live in a desert.

Click on the image to go to the map.

Interactive Indigenous Language Map

I have written previously on the Indigenous Australia Language map (paper) and other resources and also on the Australian Indigenous Languages Database (Austlang).

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