2020 BK short course

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  1. Denise-H
    Denise-H says:

    I have found it difficult finding a consistent bininj to practice with, however I attempt to practice as much as I can.

    I knew a bit about the avoidance, however did not know that they spoke in another language

    I like learning about all so far, less is the grammar and phrases,

    I will organise my partner to be someone in Jabiru.

  2. Jamie-M
    Jamie-M says:

    I’m really enjoying the learning, but haven’t had any opportunities to practice while in Victoria and looking after my 8 month old son.
    i feel like we’re getting some really strong foundations for the language from which we can build, with a lot of practise!

    The avoidance relationships make a lot of sense, particularly when you think of the context of small/ large family groups living together, and then when you work through the possibilities of where potential partner/wife/husband relationships interact and those of their parents and children. its quite fascinating.
    the more i have talked about this with Yolŋu over many years the more i consider these relationships much more so as deeply respectful relationships rather than simply the more simply translated ‘avoidance’ relationship.

  3. Steve-B
    Steve-B says:

    I didn’t know anything about avoidance relationships before the course. I’d assumed it was related to traditional cousin-cousin relationships, but I now understand that is different. Seems like something that is very important to understand for when working with Bininj.

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