In celebration of the United Nations General Assembly International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019), and Australia’s First Nations people, CAAMA Music is proud to announce the release of the Therrka Endangered Languages Music Series supported by the Indigenous Languages and Arts Program and the Australia Council for the Arts. We are releasing four EPs in a series featuring some of Australia’s endangered languages.
Approximately 90 per cent of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dialects are bordering on extinction.
Therrka (meaning ‘grass’ in the Arrernte language) is a project undertaken by CAAMA Music to document, support and revive these languages through music. These tracks will touch you in a spiritually and moving way, drawing from the terra firma and delivering a powerful message from our majestic history.
THERRKA MISSION STATEMENT
It is our mission at the CAAMA group, along with the Australian Government – Indigenous Languages and Arts Section – to make sure our heritage and culture as First Nation’s people is not lost, but instead remembered, revived and celebrated through the art of music and preservation of endangered languages. Here at CAAMA, we acknowledge the need for our languages revival; with over 250 First Nations languages spoken in Australia prior to European settlement in 1788, and now only 13 of these languages spoken widely enough to be recognised and kept strong with future generations. In line with CAAMA’s constitution – the importance to record, preserve and broadcast programs and music in Aboriginal languages is a must for social integration of Aboriginal society, culture and history into the greater Australia. We have therefore set out to engage with elders of Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, to discover First Nations musicians – writing and recording original songs in language, accompanied by contemporary music. With success in doing so, we are able to bring to you, the Therrka Endangered Languages series of ‘Western Aranda, Jingili, Pintupi-Luritja and Pitjantjatjara‘ to celebrate the many Aboriginal countries, culture and languages, still spoken within this amazing continent we call Australia.
Together we can revive our First Nations languages…