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Indigenous word of the week

This weeks word is: Wudju (Pronounced Woo-joo)

Meaning: Bush Tucker

Language: Dyirbal

Location: Tully and Johnston River catchments, North Queensland 

Learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from the State Library of Queensland.

As part of the Office of the Commonwealth Games commitment to the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), the word of the week campaign aims to build our understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and culture by embracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander words and their meanings.

Prior to European settlement, there were more than 250 distinct languages spoken in Australia. It’s hard to know a precise number. As oral languages, they are traditionally not written down, and so are dependent on a strong population of language speakers for their survival. When these communities were disrupted, many languages were lost.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages are still used in Australia every day, and are for some Australians their first language, but many languages have few fluent speakers and are considered highly endangered.

Language, land and culture is deeply connected, and increasingly, bilingual education and language revival programs are a central element in strengthening and sharing cultural identity and pride.

Visit the word of the week archive.

Disclaimer

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages are oral languages that have only been written down since European settlement; there may be several variations in spelling and pronunciation. The word of the week should be seen as a guide – check with local language speakers/custodians as to the preferred local pronunciation.

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