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Geraldton goes Wajarri: A city revitalises its endangered Aboriginal language

Geraldton goes Wajarri is a project developed by Berlin-based artist Pia Lanzinger which will provide a forum for the conservation of the endangered Wajarri language, through an “adopt a word” campaign and a series of playful public events. Here the story of the disappearance of Wajarri will be told and counteracted at the same time.

Lanzinger’s invitation to each of the citizens of the City of Greater Geraldton (Jambinu) is to adopt a Wajarri word! To date 170 people from Australia and beyond have adopted a Wajarri word. Lanzinger will return to Geraldton in February to continue her adopt a word campaign. Further details available on the website www.geraldton-goes-wajarri.org.

Official Launch: Thursday 20th November 2014, 6 – 7:30 pm

Geraldton Regional Library, 37 Marine Terrace, Geraldton

Celebrate Geraldton goes Wajarri, Wednesday 1 April 2015, 6pm

CityHive, Pollinators, 184 Marine Terrace, Geraldton

Live release of the Geraldton goes Wajarri song and film screenings.

 

Image: Pia Lanzinger & Clinton Nalder