Collection of Pilbara languages

Mixed text based and audio visual materials
A library of languages

Amassing an impressive array of dictionaries, story books and multi-media productions of 31 Pilbara Aboriginal languages, Wangka Maya is working towards achieving its goal of keeping these languages strong. Along with its archive of recordings and linguistic material salvaged over the years from institutions, linguists and station collectors, the wealth of cultural knowledge lies in good hands, as the centre continues to promote the languages to the community and their visitors.

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Wangka Maya Aboriginal Language Centre

Keeping language strong

Servicing over 30 language groups of the Pilbara, Wangka Maya was the first Aboriginal language centre in the north. Established in 1987, elders committed to preserving their language, culture and...


Cnr Hamilton and Throssell Roads
South Hedland WA 6722

Open Hours

Mon to Fri 8:30am – 4:30 pm

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