Budj Bim - High Head

In Victoria there are at least 38 Aboriginal languages, all of which are different stages of revitalisation.

At DELWP we are committed to promoting and preserving Victoria’s Aboriginal languages, cultures and histories, and have run a number of programs to support this including the ‘Our Languages Matter’ workshops.

This short documentary on the rich diversity of Aboriginal languages was launched to coincide with International Mother Language Day.

Held on February 21 each year, International Mother Language Day recognises the importance of preserving the many different languages used by peoples of the world, in helping to build inclusive societies.

This film explores the importance of the Dhauwurd Wurrung language and gives an insight to its recent UNESCO World Heritage listing naming it one of the oldest aquaculture systems in the world, Budj Bim.

The Budj Bim National Park in the state’s west is a place of rich cultural heritage and one of significance to the Gunditjmara peoples.

It features Uncle Johnny Lovett, Gunditjmara Elder, and Tyson Lovett-Murray, Traditional Owner and Gunditj Mirring Project Officer telling their adaptions of what Budj Bim means to them.

Today there is growing awareness that languages play a vital role in ensuring cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.

Read more about how our Geographic Place Names team has been working in partnership with Traditional Owners at: www.propertyandlandtitles.vic.gov.au/naming-places-features-and-roads/aboriginal-place-naming-in-victoria

Thank you to Gunditjmara Elder and Traditional Owner Uncle Johnny Lovett and Gunditjmara Traditional Owner Tyson Lovett-Murray for taking part.

Page last updated: 27/07/20