November 2, 2009

Wiradjuri: Australian Aboriginal language

Wiradjuri is an Aboriginal language spoken by the Wiradjuri people.

The Wiradjuri land extends from Gilgandra and Dubbo (north), Lithgow (east), Albury/Wodonga (south) to Hillston and Griffith (west). Wiradjuri children speak Australian Aboriginal English, standard Australian English, and know some Wiradjuri.

I have been learning Wiradjuri from Diane McNaboe at Charles Sturt University (Dubbo campus) throughout 2009. During a weekend class we were invited by the Wiradjuri elders to visit them on the Talbragar reserve to talk about their language and culture. We also learned to throw boomerangs.