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Yan-nhangu: People of the Crocodile Islands & the Language of Spiritual Attachment

Presenter: Dr Bentley James

Wednesday 10 May 2017, Oorala Centre

Dr Bentley James is a linguist and anthropologist who has lived and worked in Northeast Arnhem Land for over twenty years. His research interests include sign, ritual, social organisation and marine archaeology. In 1993 he began work in the Crocodile Islands.  The seminar focuses on the distinctive relationship between ancestrally inherited language, sites and signifiers of this intimate spiritual connection. Dr James discusses the ethno-linguistic investigations he has made over a twenty year period in collaboration with the last generation of Yan-nhangu people to have lived autonomously on their island country.

NAIDOC Week 2017 at UNE

Date: Sun 2nd Jul 2017 - 9th Jul 2017

Location: Booloominbah front lawn; Ooorala Centre
Contact: Liam Gash 6773 5766

Everyone is welcome at the NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony and then the community morning tea for the local Aboriginal community and the UNE community.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. It's an opportunity for us all to come together to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

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World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, Toronto Canada – 24–28 July 2017.

Oorala now has a delegation of 23 staff and students to attend 2017 WIPCE. We have managed to put together such a large group through a combination of funding sources. This will be a great opportunity for each member of the delegation.

We have 4 staff, 10 undergraduate students, 4 Masters by Coursework students, 4 HDRs and 1 former staff member paying her own way.

WIPCE is the world’s largest and most important Indigenous gathering of its kind. Over the past 30 years, WIPCE has grown to become a major international event in Indigenous education. Held every three years, WIPCE 2014 was hosted by Hawaii and attracted over 4,000 delegates. WIPCE is the world’s largest and most diverse forum on Indigenous education.

The theme of the conference is: A Celebration of Resilience. For more information about the WIPCE conference go to: