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Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages Fitzroy, Victoria

VACL is the peak Indigenous body for Victorian Aboriginal Languages, created to develop partnerships with, and provide resources and information to, government and non-government and community organisations. The VACL Library is a repository for specialist language materials for Indigenous communities. It also houses a range of media including books, audio-visual materials, manuscripts and other items in print and electronic form.

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70 Hanover Street Fitzroy Victoria 3065 (map)
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+61 (03) 9600 3811

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Collection available via appointment only.

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70 Hanover Street Fitzroy Victoria

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The VACL Library is a unique and highly significant resource. It features the most complete holding of materials on Victorian Aboriginal languages in existence, and is the only place prioritising Community as well as historical and linguistic materials. To achieve VACL’s aim of providing and maintaining a central resource for Victorian Indigenous languages to benefit local Aboriginal communities and individuals of Victorian Aboriginal descent, the Library’s focus is on Aboriginal languages in Victoria. However, the collection extends to resources on interstate Indigenous languages, as well as covering issues of endangered languages and language reclamation around the world. Although its focus remains on Aboriginal languages of Victoria, the Library's specialisation encompasses a diverse range of subject areas. The collection contains resources covering, but not restricted to, the subjects of linguistics, history, sociology, education and botany.

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Elizabeth Swan 5 July 2016 5:07 PM

Hi I'm an Aboriginal teacher who is teaching Aboriginal Gamilaroi language in a high school years 7 and 8. I have very limited resources and wondering if there is anything on our language that I may be able to borrow or purchase .

Jenny Gibson 6 July 2016 11:31 AM

Dear Elizabeth, thank you very much for contacting us. Although we do have resources relating to Gamilaroi Language, items in our collection are not for sale or loan. I'm wondering where you are located. If we know your region, we might be able to point you to more local organisations that could help you and your students. If you're in or ever around Melbourne, we would love you to visit. If you have any questions about this, please don't hesitate to contact us on (03) 9600 3811 or info@vaclang.org.au. Thanks again for your message, Kind Regards, Jenny Gibson

Patricia Holt 2 May 2017 8:14 AM

thank you for the website. I would like to know how you would name the original people of the Creswick, Vic. area. I have seen mention of Wemba Wemba and Dja Dja Warrung, also Kulin nation (in your website for the dictionary of Wathawoorrong. Thank you

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972 items

972 items

Book - Aboriginal people of New South Wales

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Looks at the culture and history of the some of the NSW Aboriginal people.

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maps, colour photographs, b&w photographs

CD-ROM - Australian Aborigines : the language and customs of several tribes of Aborigines in the Western District of Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Comprehensive collection of details from James Dawson and his daughter on the people they met when they first settled in the Western District of Victoria in 1840. Detailed notes were kept on language and customs. He involved himself with the local people and respected their rights and lifestyle. He recorded incidents of their first contact with white people.

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CD-ROM

Book - Ancestors in archives : a guide for family historians to South Australia's government archives

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

A user friendly reference tool for historians - particularly family historians. Over 750 different series of records are described in a straightforward manner to guide users through this extensive collection.

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charts, b&w photographs

Journal - Australian journal of linguistics

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Book - Aboriginal tales of Australia

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Populated by mythical beings, these stories of heros, birds, rivers, lakes and shores have been passed down over generations and today offer a window of understanding into the powerful Aboriginal connection to the land.

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word lists

Book - Ngayi bammadja =? I'm going

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Children's illustrations with bi-lingual text. Elementary standard.

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Illustrations

Book - Grassland plants of South-Eastern Australia : a field guide to native grassland and grassy woodland plants of South-Eastern Australia

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Detailed description of plants, one plant per page. Alphabetical listing according to botanical name, with common names provided.

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Maps, colour photographs, pronunciation guide, glossary

Book - Online heritage resource manager manual 2000

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

This manual documents the basic structures and functions of the Online Heritage Resource Manual.

Periodical - Australian Aboriginal studies : journal of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

We don?t leave our identities at the city limits: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in urban localities Bronwyn Fredericks Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live in cities and towns are often thought of as ?less Indigenous? than those who live ?in the bush?, as though they are ?fake? Aboriginal people ? while ?real? Aboriginal people live ?on communities? and ?real? Torres Strait Islander people live ?on islands?. Yet more than 70 percent of Australia?s Indigenous peoples live in urban locations (ABS 2007), and urban living is just as much part of a reality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as living in remote discrete communities. This paper examines the contradictions and struggles that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience when living in urban environments. It looks at the symbols of place and space on display in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Brisbane to demonstrate how prevailing social, political and economic values are displayed. Symbols of place and space are never neutral, and this paper argues that they can either marginalise and oppress urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, or demonstrate that they are included and engaged. Juggling with pronouns: Racist discourse in spoken interaction on the radio Di Roy While the discourse of deficit with regard to Australian Indigenous health and wellbeing has been well documented in print media and through images on film and on television, radio talk concerning this discourse remains underresearched. This paper interrogates the power of an interactive news interview, aired on the Radio National Breakfast program on ABC Radio in 2011, to maintain and reproduce the discourse of deficit, despite the best intentions of the interview participants. Using a conversation-analytical approach, and membership categorisation analysis in particular, this paper interrogates the spoken interaction between a well-known radio interviewer and a respected medical researcher into Indigenous eye health. It demonstrates the recreation of a discourse emanating from longstanding hegemonies between mainstream and Indigenous Australians. Analysis of firstperson pronoun use shows the ongoing negotiation of social category boundaries and construction of moral identities through ascriptions to category members, upon which the intelligibility of the interview for the listening audience depended. The findings from analysis support claims in a considerable body of whiteness studies literature, the main themes of which include the pervasiveness of a racist discourse in Australian media and society, the power of invisible assumptions, and the importance of naming and exposing them. Changes in Pitjantjatjara mourning and burial practices Bill Edwards, University of South Australia This paper is based on observations over a period of more than five decades of changes in Pitjantjatjara burial practices from traditional practices to the introduction of Christian services and cemeteries. Missions have been criticised for enforcing such changes. However, in this instance, the changes were implemented by the Aboriginal people themselves. Following brief outlines of Pitjantjatjara traditional life, including burial practices, and of the establishment of Ernabella Mission in 1937 and its policy of respect for Pitjantjatjara cultural practices and language, the history of these changes which commenced in 1973 are recorded. Previously, deceased bodies were interred according to traditional rites. However, as these practices were increasingly at odds with some of the features of contemporary social, economic and political life, two men who had lost close family members initiated church funeral services and established a cemetery. These practices soon spread to most Pitjantjatjara communities in a manner which illustrates the model of change outlined by Everett Rogers (1962) in Diffusion of Innovations. Reference is made to four more recent funerals to show how these events have been elaborated and have become major social occasions. The world from Malarrak: Depictions of South-east Asian and European subjects in rock art from the Wellington Range, Australia Sally K May, Paul SC Ta�on, Alistair Paterson, Meg Travers This paper investigates contact histories in northern Australia through an analysis of recent rock paintings. Around Australia Aboriginal artists have produced a unique record of their experiences of contact since the earliest encounters with South-east Asian and, later, European visitors and settlers. This rock art archive provides irreplaceable contemporary accounts of Aboriginal attitudes towards, and engagement with, foreigners on their shores. Since 2008 our team has been working to document contact period rock art in north-western and western Arnhem Land. This paper focuses on findings from a site complex known as Malarrak. It includes the most thorough analysis of contact rock art yet undertaken in this area and questions previous interpretations of subject matter and the relationship of particular paintings to historic events. Contact period rock art from Malarrak presents us with an illustrated history of international relationships in this isolated part of the world. It not only reflects the material changes brought about by outside cultural groups but also highlights the active role Aboriginal communities took in responding to these circumstances. Addressing the Arrernte: FJ Gillen?s 1896 Engwura speech Jason Gibson, Australian National University This paper analyses a speech delivered by Francis James Gillen during the opening stages of what is now regarded as one of the most significant ethnographic recording events in Australian history. Gillen?s ?speech? at the 1896 Engwura festival provides a unique insight into the complex personal relationships that early anthropologists had with Aboriginal people. This recently unearthed text, recorded by Walter Baldwin Spencer in his field notebook, demonstrates how Gillen and Spencer sought to establish the parameters of their anthropological enquiry in ways that involved both Arrernte agency and kinship while at the same time invoking the hierarchies of colonial anthropology in Australia. By examining the content of the speech, as it was written down by Spencer, we are also able to reassesses the importance of Gillen to the ethnographic ambitions of the Spencer/Gillen collaboration. The incorporation of fundamental Arrernte concepts and the use of Arrernte words to convey the purpose of their 1896 fieldwork suggest a degree of Arrernte involvement and consent not revealed before. The paper concludes with a discussion of the outcomes of the Engwura festival and the subsequent publication of The Native Tribes of Central Australia within the context of a broader set of relationships that helped to define the emergent field of Australian anthropology at the close of the nineteenth century. One size doesn?t fit all: Experiences of family members of Indigenous gamblers Louise Holdsworth, Helen Breen, Nerilee Hing and Ashley Gordon Centre for Gambling Education and Research, Southern Cross University This study explores help-seeking and help-provision by family members of Indigenous people experiencing gambling problems, a topic that previously has been ignored. Data are analysed from face-to-face interviews with 11 family members of Indigenous Australians who gamble regularly. The results confirm that substantial barriers are faced by Indigenous Australians in accessing formal help services and programs, whether for themselves or a loved one. Informal help from family and friends appears more common. In this study, this informal help includes emotional care, practical support and various forms of ?tough love?. However, these measures are mostly in vain. Participants emphasise that ?one size doesn?t fit all? when it comes to avenues of gambling help for Indigenous peoples. Efforts are needed to identify how Indigenous families and extended families can best provide social and practical support to assist their loved ones to acknowledge and address gambling problems. Western Australia?s Aboriginal heritage regime: Critiques of culture, ethnography, procedure and political economy Nicholas Herriman, La Trobe University Western Australia?s Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA) and the de facto arrangements that have arisen from it constitute a large part of the Aboriginal ?heritage regime? in that state. Although designed ostensibly to protect Aboriginal heritage, the heritage regime has been subjected to various scholarly critiques. Indeed, there is a widespread perception of a need to reform the Act. But on what basis could this proceed? Here I offer an analysis of these critiques, grouped according to their focus on political economy, procedure, ethnography and culture. I outline problems surrounding the first three criticisms and then discuss two versions of the cultural critique. I argue that an extreme version of this criticism is weak and inconsistent with the other three critiques. I conclude that there is room for optimism by pointing to ways in which the heritage regime could provide more beneficial outcomes for Aboriginal people. Read With Me Everyday: Community engagement and English literacy outcomes at Erambie Mission (research report) Lawrence Bamblett Since 2009 Lawrie Bamblett has been working with his community at Erambie Mission on a literacy project called Read With Me. The programs - three have been carried out over the past four years - encourage parents to actively engage with their children?s learning through reading workshops, social media, and the writing and publication of their own stories. Lawrie attributes much of the project?s extraordinary success to the intrinsic character of the Erambie community, not least of which is their communal approach to living and sense of shared responsibility. The forgotten Yuendumu Men?s Museum murals: Shedding new light on the progenitors of the Western Desert Art Movement (research report) Bethune Carmichael and Apolline Kohen In the history of the Western Desert Art Movement, the Papunya School murals are widely acclaimed as the movement?s progenitors. However, in another community, Yuendumu, some 150 kilometres from Papunya, a seminal museum project took place prior to the completion of the Papunya School murals and the production of the first Papunya boards. The Warlpiri men at Yuendumu undertook a ground-breaking project between 1969 and 1971 to build a men?s museum that would not only house ceremonial and traditional artefacts but would also be adorned with murals depicting the Dreamings of each of the Warlpiri groups that had recently settled at Yuendumu. While the murals at Papunya are lost, those at Yuendumu have, against all odds, survived. Having been all but forgotten, this unprecedented cultural and artistic endeavour is only now being fully appreciated. Through the story of the genesis and construction of the Yuendumu Men?s Museum and its extensive murals, this paper demonstrates that the Yuendumu murals significantly contributed to the early development of the Western Desert Art Movement. It is time to acknowledge the role of Warlpiri artists in the history of the movement.

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b&w photographs, colour photographs

Book - Bibliography of the Victorian Aborigines : from the earliest manuscripts to 31 December 1970

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

This bibliography is designed to list all the material written about Victorian Aborigines (except for newspaper accounts) within the given time frame. The material has been divided under headings distinguishing the subject, town, region and locality in alphabetical order, and provide a cross-index.

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colour illustrations

Audio CD - Beyond the bars 10 : highlights from 3CR's prison broadcasts : NAIDOC Week 2013

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

This CD is the tenth in a series of prison broadcast productions delivered by 3CR. It includes interviews, songs, poems and messages from Indigenous inmates at Port Phillip Prison, Fulham Correctional Centre, Barwon Prison, Marngoneet Correctional Centre, Loddon Prison and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.

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CD

CD-ROM - Australian Dictionary of Biography Volumes 1 - 12 1788 - 1939 CD ROM

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Contains volumes 1-12 of the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

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CD-ROM

Book - National Indigenous languages survey report 2005

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

The National Indigenous Languages Survey Report 2005 highlights that: of an original estimated 250 known Australian Indigenous languages, only 18 languages are now considered 'strong' and have speakers in all age groups; about 110 Indigenous languages are still spoken by older people but are endangered; words and phrases are still in use and there is community support in many parts of the country for reclamation and learning programs for many other languages which are no longer fully spoken; communities around Australia possess many of the elements required to keep Indigenous languages strong or to reclaim them. They have skilled and devoted language workers and teachers, excellent teaching materials, good documentation of languages and active community language centres

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maps, colour photographs, tables, graphs

Book - Tikanga Ma?ori : living by Ma?ori values

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Authoritative and accessible book on Maori culture and values.

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Colour photographs

Periodical - Victorian historical journal : Victoria?s coastal history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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maps, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs

Book - Bunjilaka : the Aboriginal Centre at Melbourne Museum

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Contains information about - Building Bunjilika, Koori Voices, Belonging to Country, Two laws, Suggested Reading, A Note on Terminology, Keeping Places in Victoria, Photo Credits, Acknowledgements.

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colour photographs, b&w photographs, artwork

Kit - Ways of being, ways of talk

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Kit produced by a Primary and Senior Secondary School in Western Australia dealing with communication, language and Aboriginal History. Video 1. Moving Into Other Worlds Video 2. Two Way Learning and Two Kinds of Power Video 3. Now You See It, Now You Don?t Video 4. A Shared World of Communication

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b&w illustrations, colour illustrations, b&w photographs, colour photographs, videocassette, book

Book - Wordlist for Australian languages

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

A tool for recording Aboriginal languages in a fieldwork situation - list of English words for which Aboriginal equivalents are to be elicited.

Book - Letters from Victorian pioneers : being a series of papers on the early occupation of the colony, the Aborigines, etc. : addressed by Victorian pioneers to His Excellency Charles Joseph La Trobe Esq., Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony of Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Original edition of the letters from pioneering families in the Colony iof Port Phillip. It looks at their daily lives and hardships. It includes first hand reports of William Buckley?s role with the Aboriginal people after he returned to White society.

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maps, b&w illustrations

Book - National review of education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples : statistical annex

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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tables, graphs

CD-ROM - Aborigines of Victoria 1878

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

CD version of The Aborigines of Victoria, Notes relating to the Habits of the Natives of other Parts of Australia and Tasmania compiled from various sources for The Government of Victoria. Vols. I&II Historical work by the Secretary of the Board for the Protection of the Aborigines. (c.1876) He describes his approach to his work, the collection of language information, culture and heritage, anatomical data, drawings of the traditional lifestyles and encounters with the people.

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CD-ROM

Book - The Ngarrindjeri people : Aboriginal people of the River Murray, Lakes and Coorong : an Aboriginal studies course for secondary students in Years 8-10

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

An Aboriginal studies course detailing the history, culture and life experiences of the original peoples of the areas along the River Murray, Lakes and Coorong. It is part of the 8-12 Aboriginal studies program developed to meet the needs of students, teachers and Aboriginal people.

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maps, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs, oral histories, suggested class activities

Book - Aboriginal missions, stations or reserves in Victoria : part A : Port Phillip District before separation from the Colony of New South Wales (1835-1850)

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Shorter version of the Missions and Reserves list, stating location and area of sites.

Periodical - Working papers in linguistics

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

A collection of papers on a variety of languages areas.

Electronic Resource - Healesville High School : Dreamtime Stories

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

In August 2013, Kiwa Digital, in conjunction with the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages brought the KIWA SLAM™ to the Ngulu (Language) Class of Healesville High school. Under the guidance of Aunty Joy Murphy, our Wurundjeri elder, nineteen years 7, 8 & 9 students undertook an intensive two days of Dreamtime story telling, culminating in four dreamtime stories told through striking artwork and narrated in the students' own voices. (cover notes)

DVD - The linguists

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Travelling linguists David and Greg document languages on the verge of extinction.

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DVD

Conference proceedings - Endangered languages and literacy : proceedings of the Fourth FEL Conference, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 21-24 September 2000

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Main headings: Opening the book; Literacy from within; Choosing an orthography; Literacy & Dialect diversity; Promoting literacy; Cautionary notes

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maps, b&w photographs, b&w illustrations, tables

Book - The habitat of Australia's aboriginal languages : past, present, and future

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Periodical - La Trobe working papers in linguistics

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Warlpiri tense-aspect; Lake Ayre languages; general linguistics.

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word lists

Periodical - Victorian historical journal : Victorians at war

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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B&w illustrations, b&w photographs