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International Mother Language Day

February 21, 2023

The bayikina (reawakening) of Dja Dja Wurrung language is essential to the cultural foundation of Dja Dja Wurrung People and DJAARA. 

For many generations, Dja Dja Wurrung Ancestors have communicated and shared their languages with clans and other language groups who travel long distances for ceremony, trade, hunting, fishing, and gathering. 

Stories from the mission period recount our old People being punished for using Dja Dja Wurrung language and customs in their everyday life. Through the years, Dja Dja Wurrung language, words, and traditions have survived through Dja Dja Wurrung People’s dynamic and determined connection to Country and Culture. 

Today, on International Mother Language Day, we acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung People of the past who passed on these words to the collectors in the 19th century. We are also grateful to the DJAARA language team and Djali Balak (language subcommittee) for bayikina (reawakening) the Dja Dja Language today.

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February 21, 2023
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