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Language Revival

8 Apr

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The Noongar language is considered an endangered dialect because it’s believed there are only about 250 fluent speakers alive. In 2013, CANWA assembled a team of professional Aboriginal artists, performers and role models to deliver a language-based community arts workshop program called Noongar Pop Culture at Narrogin Senior High School. Pop music, hip hop and media has been used to inspire a group of Aboriginal students to learn their traditional language and write and record songs in Noongar, and now you can witness the results.

Students translated two pop songs into Noongar and they wrote and recorded two original tracks using Noongar words. The students then starred in four music video clips. The songs and film clips have been compiled into a CD/DVD pack, which will be launched in Perth on Thursday 10 April at HQ in Leederville. Follow the link bellow to watch their short documentary on the project.

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Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.