Wajarri wangga bagardi gula! Wajarri in your pocket

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Description The Wajarri language, once spoken throughout the Murchison region of Western Australia, now has fewer than 50 fluent speakers. The Wajarri Dictionary App, developed by the Bundiyarra - Irra Wangga Language Centre, contains almost 2000 entries from the Wajarri language dictionary. Godfrey Simpson is a Wajarri man and at 37 is one of the few young speakers of the language. He has worked on his wangga (language) for most of his life and is passionate about seeing it passed on to the younger generation.

This video was created with the kind permission and assistance of Godfrey Simpson, Edie Maher, Nadine Taylor, Leeann Merritt, Coralie Dann, Amanda Simpson and Kira O'Dene; with special thanks and gratitude to Wajarri Elders Dora Dann and Ross Boddington, and all Wajarri people who have given their language and made projects like these possible.

Produced by Rosie Sitorus

This video was originally contributed to the ABC Open Mother Tongue project, which invited Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to share a story about their mother tongue.

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