Kukatja Hand Talk

“The video, which is part of the “Mother Tongue” project organized by ABC Open and First Languages Australia, also serves to promote the local language of Kukatja, a vulnerable language with less than 1,000 current speakers. In the video, for each hand sign that the women demonstrate there is the corresponding word in Kukatja along with its English-language translation.

https://rising.globalvoices.org/blog/2015/08/18/learn-40-aboriginal-hand-signs-used-to-communicate-across-western-australias-desert/

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While many visitors quickly learn the standard “what now?” sign, it is easy to miss the dozens of diverse hand signals being subtly exchanged in conversation. As in all languages, some elements are traditional and others are recent innovations… hand signs are not only a way of communicating information, but also serve as full-bodied ways of expressing nuance, humor, and individual personality.”

https://rising.globalvoices.org/blog/2015/08/18/learn-40-aboriginal-hand-signs-used-to-communicate-across-western-australias-desert/