Indigenous Languages


Gathang Meeting Taree Tafe 2014

Yapang Gurraarrbang Gayandugayigu

Guuyata Dhanggati (Say it in Dhanggati!)


Ngabu Bingayi Aboriginal Corporation which auspices the Dhanggati Language Group has proposed that the name for the longest bridge in Australia currently under construction as part of the Kempsey bypass be Yapang Gurraarrbang Gayandugayigu : Very Long Track to the Other Side. You can listen to the audio file to learn how to say this name in Dhanggati language. This proposal and has the support of Aboriginal organisations in Kempsey and the Macleay Valley Tourist Association. We need your support too. You can help by writing to The Hon. Duncan Gay MLC, Minister for Roads and Ports office@gay.minister.nsw.gov.au, The Hon. Andrew Stoner, Member for Oxley oxley@parliament.nsw.gov.au and sending a copy to us at ngabu.bingayi@gmail.com


Ssmple Letter


Dear Minister and Member for Oxley, We support the name proposed by the Dhanggati Language Group for the longest bridge in Australia currently under construction as part of the Kempsey bypass on the Pacific Highway. The name Yapang Gurraarrbang Gayandugayigu : Very Long Track to the Other Side honours the Dhanggati people, the Traditional Owners of the Macleay Valley and recognizes that their association with the land and river that the bridge crosses spans thousands of years. It has the support of the tourism industry in the Macleay Valley for obvious reasons. As a visitor to the region I will be a proud Australian seeing the local language when driving on the highway. We sincerely hope this matter will receive your sympathetic attention. Kind regards, XXXXXXXXX

Djuyalin Ghuthung - Speaking language

Djuyalin Ghuthung - Speaking Language is a half hour show from the Sunday morning time slot, that spanned over four weeks and now included on the top right of this page for your listening pleasure. "Enjoy!!!"


Gathang.jpg, 28kB The Gathang people of NSW mid-north coast are reviving their language and culture and passing it on to their children. Gathang (or Kattang) is a general name for the language also known as Birrbay (Biripi), Guringay (Gringai) and Warrimay (Worimi), technically these are dialects of the same language. This grammar and dicitonary has been developed with extensive community consultation to provide a strong foundation for future language revival.
Amanda Lissarrague's research is based on Nils Holmer's recordings of Uncle Eddie Lobban, one of the last speakers, together with numerous written historical records and the knowledge of Gathang people today. This dictionary has over 1000 words and suffixes with original sources, handy English finder lis and word group list. It also has translations of Gathang stories told by Uncle Eddie Lobban.

A Grammar and Dictionary of Gathang and more can be found at...»

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