Lost Stories? Indigenous Narratives of Australia

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Culture, religion, narrative, land, and language are deeply intertwined in the Australian indigenous context. The Dreamtime Narratives are of timeless importance as creation stories, explanations for landscape and animal features, and as landmarks of orientation. As such, they are an essential part of everyday life used for multiple purposes that go beyond storytelling. This talk, using original material from MalakMalak, a highly endangered language of Northern Australia, and Kriol, an English-lexified Creole, asks what happens when a language slowly disappears. How much is lost and what is maintained of the unique culturally-determining essence in a translated narrative?