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Word Up shares the diverse languages of black Australia from Anmatyerre to Arrernte, from Bidjara to Bundjalung, from Nyungar to Ngaanyatjarra, from Yankunytjatjara to Yorta Yorta—one word at a time.

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Word Up shares the diverse languages of black Australia from Anmatyerre to Arrernte, from Bidjara to Bundjalung, from Nyungar to Ngaanyatjarra, from Yankunytjatjara to Yorta Yorta—one word at a time.

    Word Up: Tamara Pearson

    Word Up: Tamara Pearson

    Tamara Pearson is a choreographer, artist and mentor from Hope Vale in far north Queensland.

    For the past three weeks, she’s shared Guugu Yimithirr words we can imagine as three legs of a stool.

    Today, she explains how her previous words bama, guugu and bubu relate to each other, as well as share a word that means ‘to reciprocate’.

    • 3 min
    Word Up: Tamara Pearson

    Word Up: Tamara Pearson

    Tamara Pearson is a choreographer and mentor from Hope Vale in far north Queensland, and our language legend this month.

    For the past couple of weeks, she’s been sharing Guugu Yimithirr words that connect to each other: the words for people and language.

    Today, she’s sharing her third word – a word meaning ‘land’.

    • 2 min
    Word Up: Tamara Pearson

    Word Up: Tamara Pearson

    Tamara Pearson is an artist, choreographer and mentor from Hope Vale on Guugu Yimithirr Country in far north Queensland. 

    She explains how she uses dance to teach language, and why it’s important to tell stories through movement. 

    • 3 min
    Word Up: Tamara Pearson

    Word Up: Tamara Pearson

    Tamara Pearson is an artist, choreographer and mentor from Hope Vale on Guugu Yimithirr Country in far north Queensland.

    As well as running a dance company, Sacred Creations Dance, Tamara has been working with the local language centre to keep Guugu Yimidhirr language strong.

    Today, she’s sharing the word for ‘people’.

    • 2 min
    Word Up: Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs

    Word Up: Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs

    Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs is an educator, a writer and an important voice for Yolngu in north-east Arnhem Land.

    She's sharing a word she likes to teach her students at Yirrkala School.

    • 4 min
    Word Up: Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs

    Word Up: Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs

    Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs is an educator, a writer and an important voice for Yolngu in north-east Arnhem Land.

    Merrki has chosen a word that means 'two waters coming together'. For her, the word holds a deeper meaning. 

    • 4 min

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