Words are the binds that keep communities together, but many of Australia’s First Languages are rapidly being lost. When combined with new technologies, however, they can be preserved and spread in entirely new ways.
Before colonisation, there were hundreds of social groupings among Indigenous Australians and almost as many languages. Now fewer than 150 tongues are used regularly, according to First Languages Australia, and the majority are said to be critically endangered.
Produced by SBS, My Grandmother’s Lingo is an interactive animation that aims to introduce the world to the language, Marra. Users can propel themselves through the story by speaking the words, learning the language and keeping it alive.
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