The ANU Archives and ANU Library has launched a new exhibition to enable an appreciation of the diversity, understanding and importance of Indigenous languages.
The exhibition draws on the extensive collections of the ANU Archives; including Ngunnawal listings from Marie Reay’s research papers and the ANU Library’s wealth of Indigenous Language resources from Australia, Asia, the Pacific and beyond.
There are key contributions from across the ANU Community including the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC), the cartographic and geographic information system services team (CartoGIS) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau.
The exhibition showcases a wide variety of material including books, poetry, maps, music, transcripts, translations, posters, documents and more.
This exhibition coincides with the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages. This year recognises the crucial role languages play in the daily lives of people – not only as a tool for communication, education, social integration and development, but also as a repository for each person’s unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memory.
Items are on display in the Menzies Library foyer and online.