As part of State Library’s commitment to the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, we will be promoting a ‘word of the week’ from one of the 125+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects from across Queensland.
This week’s word is pama [pronounced pah-mah] from the Umbuygamu language of Cape York. It means ‘man’ or ‘people’ and is found and used in a number of languages in Far North Queensland, ranging from Cairns north to the tip of Cape York.
- Category: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages
- Thematic area: Promotion
- Call topics: Intergenerational transmission
- Major objective: Thematic areas: Promotion
- Area of intervention: Growth and development through elaboration of new knowledge