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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.

ABC News story: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-18/aboriginal-elder-alice-rigney-remembered-as-pioneering-educator/8534892

Kaurna Warra Wangirntu - Kaurna Language Week 2014

When:  Monday, 6 October to Friday, 10 October 2014

Where:  Various locations -- see program details

Kaurna Language Week 2014The Kaurna Language Week 2014 aims to introduce to the wider public achievements, places and concepts of the reclamation and revival of the Aboriginal Language on the "Adelaide Plains", Kaurna.

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.

Kaurna Language School Piltawodli, Native Location Adelaide, ca 1840When:
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.

Invitation by Rare Books & Special Collections, University of AdelaideRSVP Friday 5 September 2014
For more information and to RVSP please
call Art & Heritage Collections on (08) 8313 3086
or email <art.heritage@adelaide.edu.au>



Kulurdu Marni Ngathaitya - Kaurna Learner's GuideNEW --- Published in October 2013:

Kulurdu Marni Ngathaitya - Kaurna Learner's Guide

"The Kaurna Learner's Guide ... has been developed by Kaurna and non-Kaurna collaborations who have not only determined the benchmark of Kaurna language learning quaility but actively monitor and assist teachers, schools universities and industry to embedd Kaurna into their structures.



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.



Kaurna In The Public Arena post 1980!

Dr Rob Amery and Emilie O'Brien alongside BEANSTALK creative & production, have been working on a site specifically for the use of Kaurna language in the public arena.

Its still under construction, but we thought we would tell you as we are really excited about it!

And we need your pictures! If any of you have some photos of Kaurna places or even people! We would love to consider them for the site!

Some examples of what we would like, are street signs in Kaurna, Art works around the town and organisations or groups with Kaurna names.

< www.kaurnaplacenames.com/kaurna_public_arena >

Kaurna in the Public Arena -- post 1980


Kaurna Postcards

Turra Womma Tarndanyako – Images of the Adelaide Plains

In August 2007 a set of six postcards were printed. These were produced through the DCITA-funded Indigenous Language Productions – Postcard Initiative project.

Darren Hayward from Centacare worked with Kaurna people and a linguist in workshops hosted by Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi to finalise the designs.

Turra Womma Tarndanyako – Images of the Adelaide PlainsThe postcards are based around Tarnda ‘male red kangaroo’, Warto ‘wombat’ Pilta ‘brush-tailed possum’, Ilya ‘red-bellied black snake’, Kari ‘emu’ and Kudlyo ‘black swan’.

All photos were taken on the Adelaide Plains.

The postcards were produced to promote the use and visibility of the Kaurna language and to raise awareness of Kaurna language, land and people.

The postcards are available from various outlets including Tandanya, the South Australian Museum, theLiving Kaurna Cultural Centre at Warriparinga and Kaurna Plains School. For only 25 cents each!

Wholesale orders may be placed with Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi at the University of Adelaide.




KWP has its own Youtube Video Channel, and all supporters of Kaurna are encouraged to join and share their news and events with us. See you on Youtube!

Kaurna Language Youtube Channel