Nēwara runs community language classes for Anaiwan people and other Aboriginal people living on Anaiwan Country. We also deliver language programs in local schools. To both facilitate and supplement these community classes and school programs, Nēwara has a growing suite of of high-quality language teaching/learning resources.
Research Projects and Publications
One of Nēwara's major ongoing research projects is the development the first Anaiwan language dictionary and grammar. We have also produced and published a book which has sold 2,000 copies, 'Surviving New England: a history of Aboriginal resistance & resilience through the first forty years of the colonial apocalypse' (winner of a NSW Premier's History Award in 2020). Some of our other research projects centre around song revival, reconstructing the traditional kinship system, and mapping Country.
On-Country Revival of Language and Culture
In 2022, Nēwara ran a successful fundraising campaign which allowed us to buy back a nearly 600 acre block of Anaiwan bushland. This patch of Country, now back in Anaiwan hands, is becoming a hub for on-Country language and cultural revival, the reclamation of our role as custodians of Country (e.g. cultural burning), and healing for our community. It's a place where our people can come together to sing our songs, dance our dances, and share our stories.