What Drives Us

Our Vision

Pama Language Centre, an initiative of the Cape York Partnership supported by a grant from the Commonwealth Ministry of the Arts, is an important and historic step toward realising the Partnership’s longstanding commitment to the revitalisation and maintenance of Cape York Peninsula’s unique and precious linguistic and cultural heritage.

Cape York Peninsula is known as one of world’s cultural treasuries. Our languages are keys to stories and songs that follow the ancient dreaming tracks which snake across the Australian continent. Before the establishment of Pama Language Centre in 2015, there was no facility to enable the maintenance of our more than 42 languages and numerous dialects. Most of our languages are now threatened.


Guugu Yimidhirr teacher, Lillian Bowen, teaches children in Hope Vale.

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Our Products

Pama Language Press

Welcome to our new online shop.

We are proud to offer for sale three new children’s picture books in Mpakwithi, a First Nation language of Cape York Peninsula traditionally spoken around Tent Pole Creek. Mpakwithi is a revival language. These are the first texts ever to be published in Mpakwithi.

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How to guide

Your Language Plan