Globally, a language is lost every two weeks, and the Australian Human Rights Commission says more than 90 per cent of Australia’s Indigenous languages are critically endangered. ‘The disappearance of a language deprives us of knowledge no less valuable than some future miracle drug that may be lost when a species goes extinct,’ says journalist Russ Rymer (National Geographic). Nick Enfield talks with Russ, host of ABC RN’s Awaye! Daniel Browning and Durag language teacher Joel Davison, about dying languages.
Supported by the University of Sydney.
Daniel Browning (Australian)
Daniel Browning is an Aboriginal journalist, radio broadcaster, documentary maker, sound artist and writer. Currently, he produces and presents Awaye!, the Indigenous art and culture program on ABC RN. Awaye! surveys contemporary Indigenous cultural practice across the arts spectrum. A visual arts graduate, Daniel is also a widely-published freelance arts writer. He is currently the curator of Blak Box, an immersive sound installation commissioned by performing arts company Urban Theatre Projects. He studied English and Art History at the University of Queensland before graduating with a degree in visual arts from the Queensland University of Technology. Daniel is a descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples of far northern New South Wales and south-western Queensland.
Joel Davison (Australian)
Joel Davison is a Sydney Aboriginal (Gadigal) man who was recently given an opportunity to learn and teach the Sydney Aboriginal language alongside Jacinta Tobin. Drawing from varied experience as part of the education department at the Royal Botanic Gardens and as a web developer at an Indigenous media business, Ngakkan Nyaagu, Joel believes that language is a strong component of a wholesome understanding of Aboriginal culture, heritage and history.