15 October 2022 - 26 March 2023
Jacob Stengle (Karumapuli)

Arabana Yanhi! Tanganekald Yan! Keeping Ancestral Voices Alive

Free entry.

Open daily 10am - 5pm.

Half of the First Nations languages spoken in South Australia have been lost since the arrival of the British in 1836. Australia is considered the most perilous continent in the world for the preservation of its Indigenous languages. Of the 46 Aboriginal languages that were spoken in South Australia at the time of colonisation, only four are now considered strong, 19 are partly spoken, and the remaining 23 have fallen completely silent.

Arabana Yanhi! Tanganekald Yan! is the first in a series of exhibitions at the South Australian Museum showcasing the efforts of two communities to combat the decline of their languages – Arabana of the western Lake Eyre region and Tanganekald of the Coorong region. Come along and see original artwork by Aboriginal artists Lakota Milera-Weetra and the late Jacob Stengle (Karumapuli) made for the language flashcards that have been developed and created in order to share, revive and promote Arabana and Tanganekald languages in their respective communities and across the state. Download Arabana flashcards here and Tanganekald flashcards here.

The flashcards and Arabana Yanhi! Tanganekald Yan! align with the work of the Aboriginal Living Language in South Australia Co-operative (ALLSA), which seeks to support and promote Aboriginal languages through education in concert with the United Nations Decade of Indigenous Languages. ALLSA is a joint venture between the South Australian Museum, the University of Adelaide’s Mobile Language Team, and Aboriginal communities of South Australia. ALLSA’s purpose is to support the revival and promotion of Aboriginal languages in South Australia.  

The flash cards have been made possible through funding provided by the Department of Education and they will be made available online for use by school students across South Australia.  The presentation of the exhibition has been supported by funding from Metal Manufacturers Pty Ltd.

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