Saving Miriwoong

Berrayinga Miriwoong Dawang yoowoorriyantha.

(This is our country, Miriwoong Country)

Woonyjoo barranggoo dawa-yoowoorriyang.

(Please respect this place of ours)

In these pages you can learn about the work of Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring (MDWg), literally “Mirima Place for Talking”.

Goanna huntingThe work of the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre (MDWg) began in the 1970s to preserve, analyse, and record the language and culture of the Miriwoong and Gajirrabeng people, the original inhabitants of the lands around Kununurra. Our vision is that recording and documenting the traditional language will help our children to grow up with the knowledge and understanding that has been transferred by earlier generations over centuries.

Miriwoong is a critically endangered language. There are only a few truly fluent speakers who grew up speaking exclusively Miriwoong. They are all elderly and there is a dire need for structured programs which can aid the transmission of Miriwoong to succeeding generations.

Our staff and volunteers are working tirelessly to achieve our vision of Saving Miriwoong but we need your help and support. To find out how you can contribute to the work of MDWg please visit our ‘Help Save Miriwoong’ page or donate directly via GiveNow. Every contribution helps.

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