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Kaurna Language Summer School
University of Adelaide, January 2019
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Certificate 111 in Learning an Endangered Aboriginal Language
Tauondi Aboriginal College (1 Lipson Street Port Adelaide)
Program - Kaurna Language (for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - free of charge)
Wednesday 28 February 2018 (Wednesdays weekly for two years) 9.30 am - 3.00 pm.
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NAIDOC Week 2018: 8-15 July
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
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Stephen Gadlabarti Goldsmith
Gadlabarti – the busy bee, the bee that does not sting.
It has been such a privilege for me to have worked with Gadlabarti over the last 5 years. He was such a good role model and mentor for others in the KWP Team, though admin wasn’t his strong suite. He was able to make people believe in their own abilities through his gentle encouragement.
In many ways, Gadlabarti became one of the main public faces of the Kaurna language movement with his live performances at WoMAD and numerous events around town. He was also the main character in several of our Kaurna Language Learning YouTube clips and was Kurraka ‘magpie’ in the Pirltawardli Puppet Show with that engaging raucous laugh of his. He was equally at home in front of the camera as he was behind it.
Gadlabarti had the ability to connect at a deep level with individuals on a one-to-one basis and with audiences large and small. He had a way with words – Mr Indigenuity himself. We often had lunch together, and one of my enduring memories I have is that if a cleaner was in the vicinity he would always engage them and apologise for the mess we were leaving behind (not that it was a big mess). He never looked down on people. He treated everyone as equals and with respect.
We have many fond memories of our dear friend and colleague and share a great many of the causes he was so passionate about – justice for his own people, restoration of the Kaurna language, rights and freedom for the people of West Papua, Sea Shepherd, to name just a few. He will always occupy a very special place within our hearts (or is it livers).
Ngaityu yungantalya! (Thank you dear brother)
Wanti pilyurnirna. (Rest in peace)
Rob Amery (on behalf of KWP) July 2017
Ngarrpadlalya – Dr Alitya Wallara Rigney
It is with a deep sense of loss and sadness that we recognise the passing of a great Kaurna language warrior, Dr Alitya Wallara Rigney. Ngarrpadla Alitya was involved in the reclamation and the re-introduction of the Kaurna language from the beginning, managing the funds for the Ngarrindjeri, Narrunga and Kaurna Languages Project in 1989-90, hosting our Kaurna language workshops in the early 1990s, introducing the Kaurna language into Kaurna Plains School in 1992 and being closely involved at every step of the way since then. Ngarrpadla Alitya was one of the founders of KWP.
Way back in 1990, Ngarrpadla Alitya saw me deconstructing Kaurna sentences recorded by Teichelmann & Schürmann (1840) and was captivated by the process that began to reveal the complexity and genius of her language. She encouraged others to get involved. She was not afraid to grapple with complexity and took pride in getting a headset on the ergative case. She always asked for interlinear glosses in any translations that we did, so that she could understand how the language worked.
Ngarrpadla Alitya had the courage to go against the flow and against what many were advising her to do in the interests of her people and her language. She was not afraid to get in there and do it herself and kept learning throughout her life. But she also encouraged and fostered the involvement of the younger generation. She believed in reconciliation as collaboration - doing things together in partnership.
We are forever grateful for the massive contribution Ngarrpadla Alitya made throughout her life. Her fire and enthusiasm still burns brightly in our hearts (tangka ‘liver’ in the Kaurna language). We will always remember her love, friendship and concern for others. Rest in peace Alitya. A life well-lived.
Rob Amery (on behalf of KWP) 18 May 2017.
Kaurna Warra Wangirntu - Kaurna Language Week 2014
When: Monday, 6 October to Friday, 10 October 2014
Where: Various locations -- see program details
A traditional Welcome Ceremony will be part of the opening program, as well as an introduction to Kaurna learning, teaching aids and video clips. A series of guided tours in the "Tindo Bus" to sites in the Adelaide City of significance to the Kaurna Community will offer a visual insight in Kaurna Culture. Nunga Wangga Radio (FM 101.5, Radio Adelaide) will feature topics related to Kaurna Language and Culture, and a three-day Language learning program for Kaurna people will offer a basic introduction into the practical use of the language (e.g. Welcome to Country speeches).
The Kaurna Language Week will conclude with a public forum and a Closing Ceremony at the Tandanya National Cultural Institute.
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Handover ceremony by Leipzig Mission representatives to
Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi of letters written by Kaurna children in the 1840s.
Monday 8 September 2014
3.00 – 5.00 pm
Rare Books and Special Collections
Level 1 Barr Smith Library
The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus
In the 1840s pupils at the Dresden missionary school at Piltawodli wrote letters to the Dresden Mission Society. These letters are now coming home to Kaurna Country.
On behalf of the Kaurna Community, the letters will be housed in the Rare Books & Special Collections of the Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide and thus become accessible for research and education.
This is a significant gesture from Leipzig Mission which held the letters as part of the
archival collection of the Dresden Mission Society. The letters are a tangible connection
to the Kaurna community of the 1840s, and their lodgement with the University is a
testament to the collaboration over the last few years between KWP and Leipzig Mission
in the reclamation of Kaurna Language.
The letters will be handed over on behalf of the Leipziger Missionswerk by the Asia-Pacific program coordinator, Rev. Hans-Georg Tannhäuser and the business manager, Martin Habelt.
Dr Lewis Yerloburka O’Brien and Dr Alitya Wallara Rigney will accept the letters on behalf of Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi.
Paul Wilkins, Deputy Librarian, University Libraries, the University of Adelaide will accept the letters on behalf of the Library.
Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney, Dean Indigenous Education, the University of Adelaide will lead the proceedings.
Afternoon tea will be served.
RSVP Friday 5 September 2014
For more information and to RVSP please
call Art & Heritage Collections on (08) 8313 3086
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Public Lecture: Dr Rob Amery "Unforeseen Success: the work of the Dresden Mission Society in South Australia, 1838-1858" (Teichelmann, Schürmann, Meyer & Klose)
WHEN: 6pm Tuesday 21st June 2012
WHERE: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide
This is the inaugural lecture of the German-Australian Connections Network (Deutsch-Australisches Netzwerk)
175th Celebrations of the Formation of the Dresden Mission Society -- 17 August 2011
On 17th August 1836 the Evangelisch-lutherischen Missions-Gesellschaft was formed in Dresden in Germany. Missionaries Clamor Schürmann and Christian Teichelmann, who were sent to Adelaide in October 1838 to work with the Kaurna people, were its first missionaries. Two years later they were followed by Samuel Klose, who took over the running of the Kaurna-medium school at Pirltawardli (Piltawodli), and Heinrich Meyer who was posted to Encounter Bay to work with the Ramindjeri people. Schürmann was sent by the Governor of South Australia to Port Lincoln in 1840 to work with the Barngarla (Parnkalla) people.
In August 2011 a delegation of Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri people will travel to Germany to take part in the celebrations in Dresden, to visit the archives and museums holding material (archival documents, artefacts and natural history specimens), the home towns of several of the missionaries and other places of relevance.