Living Archive Of Aboriginal Languages

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Presenter:  Dr Tom Calma AO & Professor Michael Christie

Date: Apr 07, 2014

Time: 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Contact person:  Katrina Britnell
T: 08 8946 6838

Location:  Northern Territory Library, Parliament House, Darwin

Target audience:  Public Event

calma-christieYou are cordially invited to the official Darwin launch of the

‘Living Archive Of Aboriginal Languages’



Monday 7 April 2014

5.00pm – 6.30pm


Northern Territory Library

Parliament House, Darwin


Launch and public lecture

The archive will be launched by the Dr Tom Calma AO, (above left)  recently inaugurated Chancellor of the University of Canberra and will accompany a talk by Professor Michael Christie(above right) of the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University entitled ‘Aboriginal languages, literatures and technologies in the Northern Territory since the1970s’. 

The talk is a reflection on Professor Christie’s over 40 years involvement with bilingual education, linguistics and literature production in the NT, and the ways in which Aboriginal philosophies and pedagogies have influenced the production and use of literature over the years. 


The Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages contains thousands of books in Australian Aboriginal languages produced in the Northern Territory during the era of bilingual education and digitised with permission for public access.

The archive contains books in over 25 Indigenous languages from 20 different communities, and includes traditional stories, language instruction, histories, songs, experience stories, ethno-scientific texts and others.  

Access to the archive is available here


Entry is free & online registration is essential

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