Harman, Kristyn: Explainer: how Tasmania’s Aboriginal people reclaimed a language, palawa kani

Kristyn Harman

Explainer: how Tasmania’s Aboriginal people reclaimed a language, palawa kani‘, The Conversation, 19 July 2018

Tasmanian Aboriginal people continue to live on the Bass Strait Islands, in rural and urban Tasmania and elsewhere. Their culture, although severely disrupted by the British invasion, persists. Part of this survival is the resurrection of a language, palawa kani, that is used by some Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Recently there have been calls to use the Aboriginal name nipaluna for Hobart, and other places are already using dual names.

Other material on Indigenous language by Anna Goldsworthy and Claire Bowern. See also our collection of resources on First Peoples, dated 2014-17.

 

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