CASS Student Experience grant awarded

John Giacon, Jane Simpson and I have been awarded an ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences Student Experience grant to fund a fieldtrip to Gamilaraay country. Gamilaraay is an Aboriginal language of northern New South Wales, currently in the process of being revived, having not had native speakers for more than 50 years. It fell and was forced out of daily use in the context of Gamilaraay people being pushed onto missions and away from traditional lands, and being punished for using their language, particulary in school. This is, of course, on the background of disease, dispossession and outright massacre committed during white colonisation.

From July 6 to 12, 2018, both present and past ANU Gamilaraay students will travel to Gamilaraay country to learn from Gamilaraay and Yuwaalaraay elders and those working in language revival; visit cultural sites, such as Narran Lake and the Gunnedah wallaby traps; and reflect while on country what it means to learn a language that has needed to be revived. The trip will culminate in the commemoration of the 180th anniversary of the Myall Creek Massacre. We are delighted that the College of Arts and Social Sciences has chosen to support the trip.