Theresa Sainty and the path to revive the palawa kani language

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Theresa Sainty and the path to revive the palawa kani language

The palawa kani language has been revived by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, in Australia, based on records from most of the original languages spoken in Lutruwita before colonization. Theresa Sainty, a Pakana woman, indigenous scholar at the University of Tasmania, and long-time linguistic worker has dedicated her efforts to the project.

As a result, the language is now present in multiple resources created by and for aboriginal persons, from a full database and dictionary to a closed Facebook page for speakers. Creating a community-led initiative, however, has its obstacles:

One of the barriers is the mistrust of people taking our information as misusing as has happened in the past, and continues to happen. That is probably the biggest barrier.

Listen to Theresa and her experience in reviving the palawa kani language in Tasmania.

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