The Anaiwan language was one of the first to be suppressed by European colonisation – but this once-dormant language is being reclaimed by the Armidale Aboriginal community.
Callum Clayton-Dixon, award-winning author of the book, Surviving New England, and founding member of the Anaiwan Language Revival Program, is central to the effort to revitalise the language of his ancestors.
Now Callum has extra support for his work. He is the inaugural recipient of the Ern MacDonald On-Country Fellowship, which is proudly supported by Dusseldorp Forum, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the MacDonald family.
The Fellowship aims to advance Indigenous-led research. Callum, a UTS postgraduate research student, will be under the guidance of Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO, at the UTS Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research. Based on?country, Callum will visit the UTS campus to meet peers, share knowledge, teach and mentor.
As an Aboriginal linguist and historian, Callum is committed to the Anaiwan community. His PhD and his work with the N?wara Aboriginal Corporation focuses on regenerating the Anaiwan language and culture. To do this, he is delving into colonial archives that recorded knowledge from his community’s ‘old people’. Callum says,