AWESOME APP: Gunggari Elder and Mitchell woman Lynette Nixon is thrilled the Yugambeh App will help preserve the Gunggari language.
AWESOME APP: Gunggari Elder and Mitchell woman Lynette Nixon is thrilled the Yugambeh App will help preserve the Gunggari language. Stephanie Kay

Mitchell Indigenous Elder is ‘appy’ with language app

GUNGGARI elder Lynette Nixon is thrilled with a language app preserving the language of her people.

"It's a good idea. I was born in Roma but I've lived most of my life in Mitchell and my family is originally from here," she said.

"It's very important for the young ones, it gives them pride and knowledge.

"It's not only the Aboriginal kids that love learning it, it's the wider community."

The app was developed by the Yugambeh Museum in Brisbane and this month added Gunggari to its collection.

Lynette said knowing Gunggari language fostered a sense of belonging and ownership.

"The language belongs to this country, it's unique to this country, you should take pride in knowing it's a very old language," she said.

Lynette has taught Gunggari to students at StPatrick's School in Mitchell and was a language worker for the Stolen Generation.

She said her father toldher the land was always listening for the language.

"He said it listens for the sounds of your voice," Lynette said.

The elder said Gunggari was very similar to the nearby Mandandanji language, with only slight variations.


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