As part of State Library’s commitment to the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, we will be promoting a ‘word of the week’ from one of the 125+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects from across Queensland.
This week's word is puuya [pronounced boo-yah] from the Umpila language of Cape York. It means 'the soul' or 'the heart' which is a reminder that language is an important part of identity that shapes who we are as people in a changing world.
- Category: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages
- Thematic area: Promotion
- Call topics: Intergenerational transmission
- Major objective: Thematic areas: Promotion
- Area of intervention: Growth and development through elaboration of new knowledge