Call out for Language Legend clips for Gambay.com.au
First Languages Australia has developed an interactive map to display and promote the diversity of Australia's Aboriginal languages and Torres Strait Islander languages. The map is called Gambay, which means 'together' in the Butchulla language of the Hervey Bay region in Queensland.
Gambay showcases over 780 languages. It is the first Australian map that allows Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities control over the way their languages are publicly represented.
A 'person' icon on a map dot represents a Language Legend clip. The clips allow Australian language workers to personally explain the importance of their language/s and demonstrate their passion and dedication to their revival or maintenance.
The videos are moving expressions of the diversity of Australia's languages, their present endangerment status, and aspirations. They provide an opportunity for members of the Australian public to meet language workers from their regions and gain an insight into the language activities they are involved in, as a bridge to cross-cultural understanding.
Community members can contribute short videos of their language legends by following the instructions in this video.