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The First Time I Spoke In My Own Language I Broke Down and Wept

By JAKELIN TROY
Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research, University of Sydney

DECEMBER 1, 2015 – As an Aboriginal person who grew up unable to speak my language I feel I have been denied a core part of my identity, and it is a deep wound.

The first time I said something in my language in public, “Ngaya Ngamitjimitong” – I belong to the Ngamitji clan – I broke down and wept in front of 400 people.

Speaking my language was a visceral experience that left me weeping for something I couldn’t articulate. A loss so deep it was breathtaking. I have seen many Aboriginal people have the same reaction as they begin the journey back to speaking in their own language…

Read Full Article: the Guardian,. “The First Time I Spoke In My Own Language I Broke Down And Wept”. N. p., 2015. Web. 23 Dec. 2015.

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