Thursday, July 26, 2007
A CDEP view: from someone who speaks the language
Miss Eagle was pleased to read Jane Simpson's post on the abolition of CDEP. Jane and her partner David Nash are distinguished linguists with a lot of experience in the centre, particularly in relation to Warumungu, the language of the traditional owners of the Tennant Creek area. Jane and David have spent extensive periods of time in Central Australia and the Barkly region over decades. Miss Eagle got to know them in Tennant Creek and has had the privilege of a guided tour of AIATIS with David since leaving TC. Through their experience of living for big chunks of time in the Centre, they have experience not only of the languages of Aboriginal people but their culture as well.