Bundiyarra – Irra Wangga Language Centre
The Bundiyarra – Irra Wangga Language Centre (BIW) is based in Geraldton, Western Australia and provides language services to seven languages of the Yamaji region – Badimaya, Malgana, Ngarla(wangga), Nhanda, Wajarri, Warriyangga and Yinggarda. The Centre has a number of roles within the language community – recording language and cultural knowledge of elders, producing language resources such as books, posters, smart phone apps and educational materials, and supporting the development of language teaching and teachers in the region.
BIW aims to preserve the rich and expansive knowledge of elders for current and future generations of Yamaji people to continue the cultural traditions of their ancestors.
From back left: Nhanda man Jacko Whitby, language worker Godfrey Simpson, Nhanda woman Jenny Clayton, BIW coordinator Jenni Kniveton-Gregory, BIW linguist Rosie Sitorus, BIW senior language worker Leeann Merritt and Nhanda woman Colleen Drage at the launch of the Nhanda alphabet and illustrated topical posters in April 2015
Language worker and Wajarri speaker Godfrey Simpson is interviewed by GWN news for the launch of the Wajarri Dictionary app in June 2015
Language worker Nadine Taylor and senior language worker Leeann Merritt teaching Wajarri at a school holiday program at the WA Museum Geraldton
Consultant linguist James Bednall, BIW linguist Rosie Sitorus and Badimaya elder and speaker Ollie George undertaking fieldwork on Badimaya barna (country) in Mt Magnet