Spoken: Celebrating QLD Languages

Spoken: Celebrating Queensland Languages

A thought-provoking exhibition, brought to you by State Library of Queensland, about the survival and revival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Over 125 Queensland languages were once spoken, now approximately 50 of these remain spoken daily.

Join the journey of six Queensland communities saving their traditional languages.

Spoken presents an alternative retelling of the prevailing colonial narrative – placing rare historical records alongside the inspiring work of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities who tell their own language stories through art, song and creativity.

SPOKEN: Curator tour - Part 1 Welcome from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

SPOKEN: Curator Tour - Part 2 Resistance and Resilience from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

SPOKEN: Curator tour - Part 3 Reawakening from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

SPOKEN: Curator tour - Part 4 Language Futures from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

Gangurru – Guugu Yimithirr’s contact with Cook from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

Wik (Aurukun) from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

Yugumbeh (South East Queensland - Logan, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim) from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

Reawakening (Mackay) from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

Yarluyandi, Bidjara, Iningal & Wangkangurru (Central West) from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

Awakening - Torres Strait Islanders on Mainland from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

Guugu Yimithirr (Hope Vale) from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.

Indigenous languages map of Queensland

Spoken Virtual Tour

Learning resources