Talkin’ Guugu Yimidhirr

In this game you will learn some words in Guugu Yimidhirr, an Aboriginal language from far north Queensland.

During the 48 days the Endeavour crew spent at Walmbaal Birri (Endeavour River) fixing a hole in the ship, Guugu Yimidhirr people watched them carefully.

We know the visitors and the local people tried to communicate with each other. Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson compiled a list of Guugu Yimidhirr words, some of which you’ll discover here.

You already know one — kangaroo (gangurru)!

Get ready to learn some more.

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