Globally, a language is lost every two weeks, and the Australian Human Rights Commission says more than 90 per cent of Australia’s Indigenous languages are critically endangered. ‘The disappearance of a language deprives us of knowledge no less valuable than some future miracle drug that may be lost when a species goes extinct,’ says journalist Russ Rymer (National Geographic). Nick Enfield talks with Russ, host of ABC RN’s Awaye! Daniel Browning and Durag language teacher Joel Davison, about dying languages.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Daniel Browning (Australian)

Daniel Browning

Daniel Browning is an Aboriginal journalist, radio broadcaster, sound artist and writer. Currently, he presents The Art Show on ABC Radio National and is the ABC's Editor of Indigenous Radio. A visual arts graduate, Daniel is also a widely published freelance writer on the arts and culture. He is a former guest editor of Artlink Indigenous, an occasional series of the quarterly Australian contemporary arts journal. He is the inaugural curator of Blak Box, an award-winning, architect-designed sound pavilion commissioned by Urban Theatre Projects, the multiform arts company based in western Sydney. Daniel is a descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples of far northern New South Wales and south-western Queensland.

Joel Davison (Australian)

Joel Davison

Joel Davison is a Gadigal and Dunghutti man from Sydney, working to revitalise his family's language. He joined Red Room poetry to explore his connection to language and country. In his 9-5, he leads technology projects at Commonwealth Bank.