In celebration of this year’s theme Always Was, Always Will Be, we have the pleasure to release several interviews on repatriation and to announce the publication of a book concerned with the maintenance of Indigenous languages and cultures.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the publication of the The Illustrated Handbook of Yolŋu Sign Language, edited by Dr. Bentley James, Prof. Dany Adone, and Dr. Elaine Maypilama.
The Illustrated Handbook of Yolŋu Sign Language of North East Arnhem Land Project brings together some 500 signs of the highly endangered sign language YSL. The need to pass on YSL to Yolŋu children is bonded to the need to share YSL with all Australians. As we speak copies of the book are in the process of being distributed to the children of North East Arnhem Land Homelands and schools for free. A colour learner’s guide, grammar and dictionary it is a sumptuous work of art. If you would like to purchase one of these magnificent and rare books the proceeds go towards completing the project. Enormous interest in the book and small numbers mean less than 100 remain.
With fondest regards from Dr. Bentley James, Prof. Dany Adone, and Dr. Elaine Maypilama.