Australia: July-August 2007
Dates: July 24 to August 12, 2007
Visit Australian Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander communities to learn about current efforts to stabilize, revitalize and teach their languages.
Speak with language practitioners, teachers, and community leaders about their methods and strategies for preserving languages and cultural heritage.
Attend Garma Festival and visit ancient petroglyph sites.
Fly from LAX to Brisbane (7,000 miles, 13 hours 45 mins.)
Fly from Brisbane to Darwin (1,758 miles, 4 hours 5 mins.)
Arrive in Darwin, Northern Territory
Drive to Batchelor (61 miles)
Meet with Maree Klesch, a member of the Wadeye Endangered Language Team at Batchelor Institute. She has been helping with dictionary development in Wadeye.
Meet with Jeannie Bell, Senior Lecturer for the Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics, to discuss language situations and training of language workers.
Meet with Murrinh Patha elders and language workers who are working on a bilingual book in Murrinh Patha and English.
Drive to Daly River (93 miles)
Drive to Nauiyu Nambiyu (Daly River Community) (68 miles)
Meet with Patricia McTaggart, who is currently working on a Ngan'gikurunggurr and Ngen'giwumirri language dictionary.
Drive to Darwin (143 miles)
Fly from Darwin to Wadeye (1 hour)
Drive to Murrinh Patha Yek Nangu country (1 hour) to view rock paintings and stone arrangements.
Meet Murrinh Patha elders, who will tell the stories of the rock paintings and stone arrangements. This will be the first time these stories have been recorded.
Hunt mud crabs and go fishing for lunch.
Drive back to Wadeye (1 hour)
Drive to Murrinh Patha Kardu Diminim country (Wummardim) (1 hour)
Hear the story of a special stone painting, also the first time the story will have been recorded.
Drive back to Wadeye (1 hour)
Fly to Darwin (1 hour)
Fly from Darwin to Mt. Borrodaile (45 mins.)
Continue exploring Mt. Borrodaile
Fly back to Darwin (1 hour 15 mins.)
Meet Atu Frank Dumoo, a senior man for ceremonies, culture, stories, and language for Ma Thanggurral, speaker of ten Aboriginal languages, interpreter for the Supreme Court, and author of the book 'Awu Wdjiwurang — Wallaroo.
Meet with Michael Christie, Associate Professor at Charles Darwin University, a researcher in Yolngu languages, culture and identity. Charles Darwin University has the world's only university-level course taught by indigenous speakers and has the authority of Aboriginal elders.
Meet with Waymamba Gaykamangu, coordinator of Yolgnu languages and Culture Advisor at Charles Darwin University.
Interview at Radio Larrakia, a prominent Indigenous radio station in Darwin. Radio Larrakia is a not for profit community radio station, established in 1999 to provide programs aimed at reducing social disintegration within the Aboriginal society.
Fly to Gove (1 hour, 15 mins.
Attend Garma Festival
Spend the day at Garma Festival.
Fly back to Darwin (1 hour, 10 mins.
Fly from Darwin to Broome
Meet with Neil McKenzie, a traditional elder of the Rubibi people.
Meet with Clifton Bieundurry, a Walmajarri singer, painter, and interpreter.
Meet with Doris Edgar, a Yawuru elder, cultural consultant, and language specialist, at the Cable Beach Primary School, which is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Yawuru language program.
Meet with various people at Goolarri Media Enterprises, a fully owned Indigenous company. Goolarri Media facilitates and manages the development of indigenous and non-indigenous media in the region and assists in the development and enhancement of indigenous music and musicaions in the area. This includes a television service, radio station, training program, and event management.
Meet with June Oscar and Patsy Bedford, members of the Executive Committee of the Kimberley Language and Resource Center. The Kimberley Language Resource center is a forum for Aboriginal people to make decisions about language policy and work on their languages.
Meet with Joyce Hudson, publisher, indigenous language specialist and linguist. Joyce Hudson recently founded Backroom Press, a publishing house devoted to providing Kimberley children with stories featuring characters they can identify with, and providing the rest of the world an insight into the lives of Kimberley people.
Meet with interpreters at Kimberley Interpreting Services, a project of the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre and the Kimberly Language Resource Centre. The Interpreter Service provides interpreters for Jaru, Kriol, Kija, Wilmajarri and Kukatja.
Bolivia: June 2007
- Fly to La Paz
- Acclimate to altitude in La Paz
- Visit Anthropology museum
- Meet with local scholars
- Visit El Alto
- Participate in live and taped radio interviews at Radio Wayna Tambo, an Aymara radio station
- Meet Aymara activists including hip-hop artist Abraham Bojorquez
- Travel to Lake Titicaca
- Meet Aymara speakers
- Travel to Charazani town in Bautista Saavedra Department
- Interview Kallawaya herbalists including Max Chura and Illarion Ramos-Condori
- Travel to Chary, an outlying village near Charazani
- Interview Kallawaya herbalists
- Observe llama and guinea pig sacrifice ritual and coca leaf divination ritual
- Travel to La Paz
- Give lecture at the Ministry of Culture and Education on Language Diversity and Endangerment in Bolivia
- Travel to Oruru
- Visit CEPA, the Center for Ecology and Andean Peoples
- Meet speakers of Uru-Chipaya
- Tour ancient Uru-Chipaya tomb sites at Lake Uru-Uru
- Return to La Paz
- Meet with local scholars
- Wrap-up interview with Ironbound Films film crew
- Return to U.S.