Did you know 2019 is the UN Year of Indigenous Languages?
As an Indigenous business, Rork Projects proudly supports a greater awareness, knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, rich history and languages.
Over 250 Indigenous Australian language groups covered the continent at the time of British settlement in 1788. Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass away.
Indigenous languages play a vital role in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages are not just a means of communication, they express knowledge about everything: law, geography, history, family and human relationships, philosophy, religion, anatomy, childcare, health, caring for country, astronomy, biology and food.
We proudly support the preservation and revitalisation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages – the original languages of this nation for they are a priceless treasure, not just for Indigenous peoples, but for all Australians.
We proudly acknowledge that our offices are on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of Kulin Nation (Melbourne), Ngunnawal people (Canberra), the Yugara people (Brisbane) and the Gadigal of the Eora Nation (Sydney).
Why not say ‘Hello’ in an Aboriginal Language?
Wominjeka means Hello/Welcome in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people of Kulin Nation – the traditional owners of Melbourne.
Yumalundi means Hello in the Ngunnawal language. The Ngunnawal people are the traditional owners of the Canberra region.
Gurumba bigi pronounced Goo-roo-mba big-i which means G’day in Yugara – one of the Aboriginal languages spoken the Greater Brisbane area (west to Ipswich and the Lockyer Valley).
Budyeri kamaru means Hello in the Gadigal language, the traditional custodians of the land on which the Sydney CBD is built. Gadigal country is part of the Eora Nation from Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour), the Parramatta River and the coast. Eora means people.
For more information on Indigenous Languages visit:
- The State Library of QLD (See a list of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander words for Hello and Welcome)
- The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
- First Languages Australia