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 story for their young people. Wangka Maya remains a dynamic community centre that is also the regional ‘Link Up’ centre connecting those of the ‘stolen generation’ to their families and language. Wangka Maya celebrates landmarks of Aboriginal history of their region through exhibitions and productions that honour the struggles of the people, to maintain their dignity and culture, and to ensure that the injustices and struggles of the past are not forgotten.

Address:

Cnr Hamilton and Throssell Roads
South Hedland WA 6722
Australia

Opening Hours

Mon to Fri 8:30am – 4:30 pm

Culture and language

The resonant sound of wooden clapping sticks conjures images of dancing on the red earth of the north. Sitting alongside this beautifully engraved spear thrower in a cabinet at the entrance to Wangka...

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...

Remembering the 1967 Referendum

Engaging with the younger generation to reflect on the past struggles of Aboriginal people is key to Wangka Maya’s philosophy. Using the medium of photography the organisation co-curated an exhibition...

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