Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'

Pinarra Aku is a new children’s language radio show, teaching Warumungu language.

Rosemary and Kathy have been making songs together and teaching language since 2011. They decided to make Pinarra Aku to educate young children and help keep their indigenous language alive and strong.

Traditional Owner, storyteller and teacher, Rosemary Plummer and her friend Kathy Burns make the program at 8CCC Community Radio in Tennant Creek. Kathy is the Artistic Director at Barkly Regional Arts in Tennant Creek.

Pinarra Aku includes songs written and performed by young people in The Barkly; dreamtime stories, stories written by local people, language lessons and games. The aim is to make learning language fun and simple.

The show also features a mascot, called Pinangkarl who is a White Cockatoo. Pinangkarl helps children to say the language words. The word ‘Pinangkarl’ means: clever, bright.

Kathy and Rosemary make an ‘Education Guide’ for each episode, which can be downloaded from http://8ccc.com.au/pinarra-aku/ to use in the classroom or at home to follow along with the show or look at afterwards to read the language words, the stories and words to the songs. Tune in each Wednesday at 9am on 8CCC 102.1FM in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek or live stream it from www.8ccc.com.au/live