March 15, 2006

feeling proud

Since last week, I've been noticing that I've been becoming more and more proud of the language mob here at Ngukurr and that my love for them has been growing. And today was a bit of a pinnacle, with two politicians coming to visit us here at Language Centre. Not that anyone did anything special today while they were visiting, but just that they're here doing what they do makes me proud.

The main reason I've been feeling this way lately is because I've been having a lot of problems with the main office in Katherine - rock bottom staff morale and poor management. In the face of those problems I've been really grateful for this mob here and the support they give me and the consistent good work we do together.

But it's funny. Their support isn't revealed through sitting down and talking about things and them telling me everything's okay and I'm alright. It comes through them just being them, being happy to keep working with me, an implicit expression that they value me and the work we do together. And sometimes I realise how special that is and it makes me proud - of myself and of them.

So today our local NT member and the Labor Senator for NT came to visit. They turned up and old F was reading the Marra dictionary - we'd just finished checking the new Marra picture book we'd made. A and T were playing the new Ritharrngu language game on my computer (T had only learned to use a computer mouse an hour before). My mami R was inside typing out a Rembarrnga story. And JBJ talked to the senator about our work. Too deadly this mob.

Things are going well here. I just wish I could say the same for the Katherine office. I guess you can't have it all.

March 01, 2006


Here's another bush tucker. This one is a white currant. In Marra, it's burlanggangga (or 'blanggangga' when it's said quickly). In Rembarrnga, it's gorrowon. Mmm... tasty n sweet.