Kaurna language revival

On 27 February, Adelaide’s inaugural ‘Kaurna Day’ event was hosted at the University of Adelaide.

Kaurna Day is a free public event that aims to recognise and celebrate the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains – the Kaurna nation – through keynote talks, forums, culture, food and music.

109 of 123 spoken Indigenous languages in Australia are endangered – one of the fastest rates of language loss in the world.

We are on the brink of losing many Indigenous languages, with endangerment becoming further pronounced as Elders pass.

AW spoke to associate professor Rob Amery and Uncle Lewis Yerloburka O’Brien about their lifechanging collaboration to preserve the Kaurna language.