When Europeans arrived on the southern continent there were around 250 indigenous languages spoken. Now, little more than 200 years later, only around 80 are still in use with many of these endangered. As Indigenous Australia is largely an oral culture, the threat to languages is a threat to cultural identity and history.
The meeting of different language groups led to new forms of language often called pidgin, Creole (kriol) and Aboriginal English. You will hear the students singing in a variety of these forms.