Translation of the love poem into kunwinjku (gunwinggu), an Australian aboriginal language which count 2,000 speakers in the north of the country. Perhaps she live here, so far? What does she wait? Perhaps to get back her boomerang, she lanch it few years ago!
Language and James Cook
The aboriginal languages are a repository of ancient knoledge, myths and traditions. Many were lost with the colonial breakdown of aboriginal society. These languages are not clearly related to any languages outside the continent. Aboriginal people have continuously occupied Australia for 50,000 years. Befor the colonization, there were 250 languages without to add the dialects. Traditionally, aboriginal people were multilingual, with most adults speaking 3 or more languages. Marriage patterns, where men married women from outside their own tribal group, meant that a child's mother and father would usually speak differents languages. It was James Cook who discovered Australia in 1770, and the aborigines who had lived there for 40,000 years, were repulsed by whites in the most desert regions of the country. These hunter-gatherer peoples, which today make up only 1% of the population, are concentrated mainly in the north of the country.