LEAVING MARK: Irene Ryder and her great-niece Reeghan Finlay show off the card packs printed in the Gungarri language.
LEAVING MARK: Irene Ryder and her great-niece Reeghan Finlay show off the card packs printed in the Gungarri language. Blake Antrobus

Irene Ryder's gift to Mitchell school students

ONE of Irene Ryder's last gifts to the town she has lived in for so long is something that will enshrine her cultural heritage for years to come.

The Gungarri Elder has designed a set of cards for the schoolchildren of the area that incorporates the Gungarri language to describe local flora and fauna.

Ms Ryder's great-niece Reeghan Finlay said the project was a way of encouraging schoolchildren to interact with the language of the Gungarri people, which originated from the area that includes Mitchell.

"We've been working on it for the past 12 months with linguists and artists to make the project a reality," she said.

"The kids can play games like Snap and Go Fish whilst learning what certain words mean."

Fast Facts

  • The Gungarri language extends through the Mitchell region, going north to Morven and Mungallala.
  • Native title rights for roughly 118,449.2 hectares of land were recognised in 2012.

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