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Puliima 2015 Wrap Up

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leaf-iconPuliima 2015 Wrap Up

What an amazing journey it’s been, as we wrap up the 5th Puliima conference we would just like to say a BIG thank you to everybody who attended, we really appreciate the lengths people have taken to get to Melbourne and be a part of this special event. It is truly the people, presenters, trainers, delegates and exhibitors, who continue to shape Puliima to be such an amazing Indigenous language conference.

It’s so great to see that Puliima is growing with each gathering, this year seeing over 240 delegates traveling Australia wide, and from overseas to attend. We hope that you all had a fantastic time and that you left the conference inspired, energized and were able to share and connect with others who all share in the common goal of conserving and celebrating our languages. This is your conference, and will always continue to be.

With over 70 presenters, 9 exhibitors, our volunteers, our supporters and sponsors, our venue organizers and our service providers and of course our wonderful delegates made this an event to remember. Without all of your input and support Puliima would not be the great event that it is today.

Australia’s Got Language talent contest was a night not to be missed. To open up the contest on Wednesday evening we were privileged that the ALLKUMO Malkatri dance team for Coen, Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland came all the way to Melbourne to share the stories from the country. It is hard to describe just how incredible it is to hear our languages performed on stage in such creative ways.

Puliima is all wrapped up for another year and our Wrap Pages including photos and highlights are now available to view. Use the quick links below to access the various areas.


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Australia's Got Language Talent Show

Where Delegates Came From

Media Activity

Puliima 2015 Photo Gallery


Our Delegates

Over 240 delegates came from far and wide (Australia, New Zealand and USA) to share in this wonderful event. We hope you all had a fantastic time and left the conference with encouragement and inspiration for your future language endeavors.  

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Image Credit: Katherine Soutar


Welcome to Country

  • Aunty Carolyn Briggs, Boonwurrung Elder

    Carolyn Briggs is an Elder of the Boonwurrung from Victoria Aunty Carolyn is the Naidoc Elder of the year 2011 for Victoria. She is a Storyteller and cultural custodian and shares her energy and enthusiasm for keeping culture strong with the communities in Victoria and beyond.

  • Aunty Di Kerr, Wurundjeri Elder

    "Working on Country makes me feel connected to my mother and grandmother. My welcome is always done in their honor."

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Image Credit: Katherine Soutar

Workshop Trainers

Due to the immense success of the workshops held in Puliima 2013, this year they were held again preceding the conference. These free workshops have grown immensely, this year seeing almost a double in the number of delegates plus an increase in the variety and number of workshop options, which range from recording and transcribing language to building digital books.

  • KIWA SLAM - KIWA Media in collaboration with Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages
  • Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program - Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity
  • How to create optimal recordings in your own Language - Research Unit for Indigenous Studies, University of Melbourne
  • Developing Language Resources for Schools & Communities - Sharing Culture Teaching and Learning Program
  • Create a Dictionary in your Language - Miromaa Aboriginal Language and Technology Centre
  • Publishing digital books in language - iBooks Author

Click here to read more about our Workshops


Australia's Got Language host and Puliima MC

This year we were extremely honored that Phillemon Mosby from Poruma Island in the Torres Strait was our MC for the Puliima conference. There are not enough words to describe how much Phillemons words captured our thoughts and feelings in regards to respecting and keeping our languages alive.

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Image Credit: Katherine Soutar


We had over 70 presenters from all around Australia, New Zealand and the USA participating in over 30 presentations. The agenda was jam packed with exciting plenaries and breakout sessions in the 3 topical streams of Education, Technology and community.

Presentations covered topics such as: engaging the next generation of language learners; protecting rights and allowing access to indigenous language materials; rediscovering lost languages in library archives; teaching methods for indigenous languages and the launch of new language websites, maps and apps.

Click here to read more about our presenters

  • Dr Genevieve Campell and members from the Wanagtunga Strong Women’s group
  • Patricia Sandoval, Virgnia Velesque, Dominik Morning Dove and Jacob Valdez from the Santa Fe Indian School
  • Vicki Couzens, Christina Eira and Tonya Stebbins from the Victorian Aboriginal Corporations from Languages
  • Larry Hancock from Woolgoolga High School
  • Allon Silove and Paul McNamara from Musos corner
  • Michael Walsh from AIATSIS
  • Darlene Hoskins-Mckenzie, Jodie and Ngarritji Maymuru from Sharing Culture
  • Liam Campbell and Warren Smith from Appbooks
  • Myles Russel-Cook and and Jo Molloy from Kids’ Own Publishing
  • Stephen Goldsmith, Taylor Power-Smith and Paul Finlay from the Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi
  • Melinda Holden, Bridget Priman and Carolyn Barker from First Languages Australia
  • Melissa Jackson from the State Library of NSW and Shannon Sutton from the National Library of Australia
  • Julie Long and Micheal Jarrett from Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative
  • Tessa Atto, Daisy Allan, Rosetta Thomas and Annie Reynolds from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
  • Joy Bonner, Leanora Adidi, Ethel Munn, Bridget Priman, Melinda Holden and Faith Baisden from the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee
  • Desmond Crump and Rose Warsow from the State Library of Queensland
  • John Bradley, Brent McKee and Shannon Faulkhead from Monash Indigenous Center, Monash University
  • Mary Anne Jebb, Nora Cook and Julie Walker From Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre
  • Taz Miller, Nathan May and Liz Thompson from the Sharing Stories Foundation
  • Kati Mako and Pep Raureti from Te Runanga Nui o Nga Kura Kaupapa Maori o Aotearoa Inc.
  • Grant Young and April Long from the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence
  • Ganesh Koramannil from Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
  • Ronald Morrison, Sandra Morrison, Samantha Disbray and Jane Simpson all working with the Warumungu Language
  • Cathy Bow from the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages at Charles Darwin University
  • John Hobson from the University of Sydney
  • Paul Paton from First Languages Australia
  • Merle Miller and Belinda Briggs from the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation
  • Tali Abraham, Virgnia Ingham, Aunty Irene Harrington and Uncle Greg Harrington from Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Southern Cross University
  • Rory O’Conner from the Yugambeh Museum
  • Young Champions and Sally Baisden from the PCYC
  • Jane Simpson from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Languages, Australian National University
  • Micheal Roseth from italk library and Cathy Bow from the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages


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Our range of exhibitors complimented the Puliima Forum well; from language programs and publications to technology products that can enhance or support language programs. Highlights included Sharing Culture who had their language resources on display and the Bureau of Meteorology who discussed their Indigenous Weather Knowledge project. Its encouraging for us all to see what others are doing with their language.

Click here to read more about our exhibitors

  • Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages
  • Miromaa Aboriginal Language & Technology Centre
  • Muso's Corner
  • State Library of Queensland
  • First Languages Australia
  • Indigenous Weather Knowledge, Bureau of Meteorology
  • Sharing Culture
  • Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative
  • Nyama Buru Yawuru

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Image Credit: Katherine Soutar

Australia's Got Language Talent Contest

Australia’s Got Language talent contest was a night not to be missed. To open up the contest on Wednesday evening we were privileged that the ALLKUMO Malkatri dance team for Coen, Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland came all the way to Melbourne to share the stories from the country. It is hard to describe just how incredible it is to hear our languages performed on stage in such creative ways. 

Click here to learn more about Australia's got Language Talent Contest


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Image Credit: Katherine Soutar



leaf-iconThank you from the Puliima Team

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved in the Puliima Forum held from 13th to the 15th October at the William Angliss Institute in Melbourne. And also a very special thank you to our volunteers, supporter's and venue.


Our Volunteers

Our Supporters 

Our Venue

Time Keepers and introductions from VACL

First Languages Australia

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages

Mobile Languages Team

William Angliss Institute