ANU Social Anthropologist Sarah Holcombe along with Pintupi-Luritja man Lance MacDonald and Sheila Joyce Dixon took on the task of translating the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in to Pintupi-Luritja. This translation of the document (with its 30 articles and preamble) took more than 2 years to complete.
Very few of the mob had heard of or understood the concept of ‘universal human rights’ and many were surprised at the fact that Aboriginal people are equal to all other people because of the fact that they weren’t or indeed aren’t treated that way.
Dr. Holcombe told CAAMA’s Paul Wiles she hoped the new translation would help spread awareness of Human Rights through Aboriginal communities and start a conversation in language.
NOTE: THIS AUDIO IS IN TWO PARTS