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Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages Brunswick, 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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PO Box 184 Brunswick Victoria 3056 (map)
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+61 (03) 9600 3811

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33 Saxon Street Brunswick 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 [email protected] 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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Book - Kamilaroi and Kurnai : group-marriage and relationship, and marriage by elopement drawn chiefly from the usage of the Australian Aborigines : also the Kurnai tribe, their customs in peace and war

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Original notes taken by Fison and Howitt into marriage rites and customs in the Kurnai, Kamilaroi and JAMILARAAY people. It looks at kinship terms. Includes maps.

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Book - The journal of William Thomas : assistant protector of the Aborigines of Port Phillip &? guardian of the Aborigines of Victoria 1839 - 1867 : volume two: 1844 to 1853

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

This series presents 28 years of Thomas' journals, transcribed and annotated by Dr Marguerita Stephens (Vols 1-3). Vol 4 provides a substantial collection of Thomas' records of Kulin language - some reworked from earlier transcriptions by Dr Stephen Morey. For nearly three decades William Thomas chronicled his life and work with Aboriginal Victorians through his daily journal entries. Now this four volume set, comprehensively indexed and extensively annotated, shines new light on the history of race relations in Australia. Thomas' detailed observations give a rare insight into the process of cultural continuity and collapse, and the agency of Victorian Aboriginal leaders in social and economic interactions with settlers and colonial administrations in a time of great social upheaval. This first-hand account repopulates Victorian history, paying respect to the work, play and lives of the Aboriginal men and women who emerge from the pages of Thomas' journal.

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document reproductions

Book - Aboriginal art : creativity and assimilation

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Chapters entitled History of Aboriginal Art, Imagining Albert Namatjira, Indigenous Renaissance, Creative Revolution, The Art of Les Griggs and The Art of Lin Onus.

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colour photographs, b&w photographs, colour illustrations, document reproductions

Book - Words for country : landscape &? language in Australia

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Landscape and Language -- Lubra Creek -- The River Runs Backwards -- These Blarsted Hills -- Scarcely Any Water on Its Surface -- Everyone Who Has Ever Done A Tree Sit Always Says That The Tree Talks To You -- The Spirit of the Plains Kangaroo -- The Graveyard of a Century -- So Much for a Name -- Blackfellow Oven Roads -- The Ends of the Earth -- Natural Beauty, Man-Made -- Uluru -- The Outside Country -- It's Only Words.

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Book - 2013 Dungala-Kaiela Express Yourself Writing Awards : story/yarn/article/play, in Yorta Yorta language in any written form, poem/lyric/rap

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Writing competition featuring entries from all ages. Entries take the form of stories, articles, plays, poetry, lyrics and raps. Encourages Indigenous people of the region to write well and develop good standards of literacy.

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Illustrations

Book - You are what you make yourself to be : the story of a Victorian Aboriginal family 1842-1980

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

The story of the Pepper Family and their life on the Mission at Lake Tyers. This strong family have recounted their tales and the history of the area and the lives and control of Aboriginal people.

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b&w photographs, b&w illustrations, tables, word lists, document reproductions

Book - The Loddon Aborigines : tales of old Jim Crow

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

This regional survey is the last of a trilogy, each of which deals with a particular aspect of living conditions and racial relationships in the Loddon watershed in the early Colonial days.

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maps, b&w photographs

Book - Documenting and revitalizing Austronesian Languages

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Part 1: International capacity building initiatives, Part 2: Documentation and revitalization Activities, Part 3: Computational methods and tools for language documentation.

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Maps, b&w photographs, tables

Book - Making chatter matter : understanding language impairment within a multilingual environment

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Chapters: Language & Communication; Historical Perspective: Learning; Language use in Multilingual Malaysia; Language Impairment; Descriptions of Linguistic Categories; Effects of Language Impairment; Strategies to enhance Early Communication Skills; Teaching your Child; Suggested Activities that can promote Language Development; Frequently Asked Questions

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Book - Telling it like it is : a guide to making Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

This research manual gives sources and details for history research. Includes stories from the area.

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b&w photographs

Book with CD - Learning Arabana : teacher's guide

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Teacher's notes on the teaching of the Arabana language, provides instructions for use with the CD ROM, language lists and activities.

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Colour illustrations, computer guide to CD-ROM, word lists

Periodical - Working papers in linguistics

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

A collection of papers on a variety of languages areas.

Book - Glimpses of life in Victoria (1872) : by a resident [L. Massey]

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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Journal - Australian journal of linguistics

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Book - Stonnington's Indigenous history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

This document is a summary of 'An indigenous history of Stonnington (2006) by Dr Ian Clark and Laura Kostanski, University of Ballarat.

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maps, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs, colour illustrations, word lists

Book with CD - Bamay Possum's party

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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illustrations, CD

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

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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 with CDROM - Learning Wathaurong : teacher's guide

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

A student based language program which includes CD ROM and booklet with coloured layout. Includes dictionary, pronunciation guide and user instructions.

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Word lists, screen shots, CD-ROM

Book - Aboriginal students and English language acquisition

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Assisting educators in South Australia to respond to specific language and literacy needs and goals of Aboriginal students.

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maps, tables

Periodical - Victorian historical journal. Index.

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

CD-ROM - Pitjantjatjara

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Report - Backing Australian languages : review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Initiatives Program : final report

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Final report from this body, looking at the effectiveness of Language maintenance programs, a systematic approach to language loss, nature of relationship between languages etc.

Book - Directory of Member Societies of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Listing of all Historical Societies in Victoria with data for each.

Book - The handbook of Australian languages. Vol.5, Grammatical sketches of Bunuba, Ndje?bbana and Kugu Nganhcara

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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Maps, word lists

Book - Australian Aboriginal words in English : their origin and meaning

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

A detailed study and dictionary of English words that have been borrowed from Australian languages. Entries organised by category and include quotes from relevant sources. Etymologies and source languages given wherever possible.

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B&w illustrations, maps, word lists

Book - Nyernila : listen continuously : Aboriginal Creation stories of Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Creation stories from Language groups around Victoria

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Colour photographs, maps, word lists

Video - Managing in two worlds : governance competencies for boards of management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisations

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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videocassette

Video - So they can know : language nests

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

The Bunuba, Gooniyandi and Kija language nests portrayed here are run by the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and supported by the communities. The nests allow pre-school children to learn their own traditional languages in a stimulating environment. They are immersed in the language through activities like dancing, fishing and collecting bush tucker.

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videocassette

Book - Languages : expanding your world : plan to implement the Victorian Government's vision for languages education 2013-2025

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

A long term government plan to increase diversity of language learning and proficiency across Victorian schools.

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colour photographs, colour illustrations, tables

Book - Koorie

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Details the ?Koorie? exhibition presented by the Koorie Heritage Trust in association with the Museum of Victoria. Outlines the history of the Aboriginal people of south-eastern Australia.

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maps, b&w photographs, cartoons, illustrations, graphs