Awabakal Language & Culture Services
Miromaa Aboriginal Language & Technology Centre (MALTC) began in 2002 as the Awabakal Local Language Program and continues to operate this program with a dedicated local team.
Our Awabakal Language & Culture Team is based at 57 James Street (Corner of Milton Street) Hamilton - in Newcastle. At our Centre we have a Gallery/Library and Training Room. But we can also come to you for workshop facilitation or other, we are always open to ideas.
Request to Use Awabakal Language
Miromaa Aboriginal Language & Technology Centre (MALTC) does not claim ‘ownership’ of the Awabakal language itself. The Awabakal language belongs to Awabakal country. If you wish to name any object, place, organisation or event that you observe protocols and first contact MALTC for advice on whether it is fitting do so. We can also assist in ensuring that the Awabakal expression desired is the most grammatically, lexically and idiomatically apt expression insofar as can be reasonably determined at the time of the proposed naming.
[NOT AVAILABLE DURING COVID]
Our School Workshops give your children a chance to learn some of the Awabakal Language, the traditional Aboriginal language of the Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Hunter Valley landscapes. The children thoroughly enjoy the interactive lessons and pick up on the language very quickly. The aim of the lessons is for the children and youth of today to start to speak a language that has not been spoken for a very long time, once the children know this they get very excited and want to jump in and have a go.
General consultancy: Awabakal Language
Our Awabakal Language & Culture Team are available to assist where possible in matters relating to Awabakal Language & Culture. Our Centre has a research and conservation development program, so we are regularly learning new things about Awabakal language and culture.
We have been consultants on many projects, including cultural content and voiceover consultants for the ‘Niiarrnumber Burrai (Our Country)’ virtual reality immersive journey project on behalf of the City of Newcastle.