Welcome to the Mirima website!
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”.
The 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.
We will be happy to provide you with more information about our activities designed to keep our language and culture alive - just send us an e-mail and we will get back to you with a detailed information pack.