Northern Institute celebrates NAIDOC Week 2019



Indigenous Language and Research Forum

Northern Institute (NI) is a social and policy research institute that has been working closely with Indigenous knowledge and governance authorities from Northern Territory communities for over 30 years. Our decades of research in partnership with Aboriginal organisations has developed a deep understanding of Indigenous leadership and governance, business and education, and the use of technology, in addition to workforce development and analysis. This is a forum to highlight our significant Indigenous research at CDU.

WHEN: Thursday, 11 July 2019, 9.30am – 3.30pm VIEW THE EVENT PICS 

VENUE: Northern Institute, Building Yellow 1.2.48 (View map)

Complimentary Morning & Afternoon Tea courtesy of CDU's Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership 

FREE event  | Everyone welcome  | RSVP essential  |  Open to the Public 

Registration is essential as each session is limited to 40 people. 

Forum Program


Session 1

NT Mak Mak Marranunggu language program

The Ford family present on their work creating and developing a dictionary of the Mak Mak Marranunggu language, undertaking activities to document speakers using audio, video and text using the MIROMAA program to collate the recorded language.

Aboriginal Cosmology: What this means for women and gender public policy

Yolŋu people have been observing geology, cosmology and the weather for millennia but have not had the opportunity to document Yolŋu cosmology of women’s Djurrwirr Yalu ‘science’ knowledge until now. This research addresses this gap and examines what it means for women and gender.

Associate Professor Linda Payi Ford, Chloe Ngelebe Ford and Emily Tayaemaen Ford, Northern Institute


Morning Tea break


Session 2

Ŋuthanmaram djamarrkuḻiny’ märrma’kurr romgurr: Growing up children in two worlds

Researchers talk about the ‘Growing up Yolŋu’ Project and their work creating a website that highlights Yolŋu cultural strengths and priorities in early childhood.

Associate Professor Läwurrpa Maypilama & Associate Professor Anne Lowell


Lunch (not provided)


Session 3

How to be polite in Kakadu and West Arnhem: a crash course for newcomers

Part of recognising and respecting local culture is to use appropriate forms of address. In some places this means using "skin names" and being aware of avoidance relationships. I will teach the basic concepts needed in order to address or refer to people in Kakadu and West Arnhem. This will be useful for anyone wants to be polite and avoid faux pas when speaking with Bininj people in Darwin, Jabiru, Gunbalanya, Bulman, Maningrida, and further afield.

Professor Steven Bird, Northern Institute

2.00-2.30pmAfternoon Tea break

Session 4

Yolŋu Panel Session 

Meet our team of Yolŋu Lecturers & Researchers to hear their unique stories of learning and teaching at CDU.

MC - Dr Linda Ford, Northern Institute

Panel - Brenda Muthamuluwuy, Ian Gumbula, Mercy Gumbula, Miriam Yirrininba, Joy Bulkanhawuy and Gawura Wanambi

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Northern Institute. Proudly celebrating NAIDOC Week 2019

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