Language speakers find recordings of their parents and grandparents retrieved from AIATSIS very inspiring and wish to use choir singing to strengthen the language. There will be choirs for adults and school students.

This will be an ongoing activity that may continue for many years, with or without the support of PLC. Therefore we have only included the establishment phase (Term 1 2016) in this description. The first major milestone decided by the project team at their first meeting is to give a concert around Easter (last week of Term 1 2016).

Anticipated outcomes

  • Revival of the community’s tradition of singing in AL
  • Language learning among young speakers

AUGUST 2016

Ancestral Language Champions Lillian Bowen and Cheryl Cannon are working hard to revive a tradition of Hymn singing in Guugu Yimidhirr, which was strong among their parents’ generation, and to reintroduce Guugu Yimidhirr language into the church. The Guugu Yimidhirr Church Choir, established at the beginning of 2016, at first struggled to attract members, but has persisted and membership is now growing, a triumph to the effort of the Guugu Yimidhirr Language Champions and to the Guugu Yimidhirr language Nation.