This is great news. There is urgency to enable the …

Comment on Experience Aboriginal culture in the heart of the CBD by Ted Egan.

This is great news. There is urgency to enable the fluent speakers of the local First Australian languages to pass on their knowledge in this way, but additionally to be financed to “write down” their once “unwritten” languages, thereby enabling formal study for all.
In Victoria, huge sums of guilt-stricken government money is being allocated to the “rehabilitation” of old languages that sadly, are beyond revival: It’s not good enough to recognise that Grandma still remembers the word for “kangaroo”.
We have fluent speakers of total languages here in Central Australia; languages that are profound and vital to a proper understanding of the heritage and inheritance available to all residents, regardless of our colour and background.
Particularly among old Arrernte women we have generous teachers happy to run appropriate programs.
Let the government rank these teachers as at least equivalent to the fossils.
But we are running out of time.

Ted Egan Also Commented

Experience Aboriginal culture in the heart of the CBD
You are correct, Alex, tribute must be paid to earlier linguists like the Strehlows and the Albrechts; also very worthy of commendation are todays “interpreters”, many of them Gadiya. The pressing need, however, is to recognise, on an individual level, the fluent speakers of traditional languages who are also literate in English. People Like Marrkilyi (Lizzie Ellis), Nararula (Alison Anderson), the many elderly women – especially Arrernte – who are still around, active and anxious that their old languages be properly retained, especially in written form. These scholars should be paid the academic tribute of “Professorship” along with appropriate salaries and facilities. Otherwise we will follow the path of other regions in Australia, where around 300 traditional languages have gone forever. The spoken word is not enough.

Recent Comments by Ted Egan

Say no to no go, urge anti-frackers
Readers are invited to Google the map of the Great Artesian Basin and contemplate the outcome of fracking.
Fracking anywhere, at this stage of lack of knowledge, is nothing short of lunacy.
I hope it will be the major issue in the next NT election.

Ted Egan: Forget splitting hairs, counting drops of blood.
To Rose Jones
You ask: If you have a royal ancestor, are you necessarily superior?
No, and I am not asserting that First Australians are in any way superior: but they are primus inter pares, first among equals, if they can establish (necessary) genetic links to Australia dating beyond 1787.
The Queen gets recognition because of her family tree.
All persons have rights to property and other inheritances.
We base everything in life on inheritance: we draw up wills to enable our descendants to maintain the same rights to property that we accumulated.
All I am asking for is accurate history to be established in this country.

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Fracking is lunacy. If you don’t know all the answers to all the questions, leave well enough alone.

St Francis House: Excellence sought and achieved
What a wonderful reminiscence this has been. What achievers!
Congratulations to all parties concerned.
I have been honoured by involvement with many of the lads in various capacities and they are all a credit to our First Australians.

Council: fob off, rejection, and secret moves
I find this hard to believe. The council is housed in the only buildings of “heritage consequence” erected in post war Alice Springs and now it is proposed to pull those buildings down and create something that will probably have the same aesthetic quality as the monstrous Supreme Court. Bring back Andrew McPhee and let’s talk sense again in this town.
And let’s for a change listen to the First Australians, whose acknowledged leaders say yes to either an Aboriginal Art Gallery or (better in my opinion) a Cultural Centre, BUT for traditional reasons, build it south of The Gap.

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