The Illustrated Handbook of Yolŋu Sign Language of North East Arnhem Land Project.
Driven by the vision of Laurie Baymarrwaŋa (1917-2014), compelled by the spirit of the ancestors, this work is about the intergenerational transmission of language. (YSL) Yolŋu Sign Language is an endangered Indigenous Australian Sign Language. This research, directed by the Yolŋu signers and speakers of this rare language, has been conducted over the last 25 years on the homelands and in the communities of North East Arnhem Land.
The importance of passing on this language to a new generation of Yolŋu children is equalled only by the need to share YSL with all Australians. As each indigenous language disappears all our worlds are diminished. For this reason, we have volunteered to bring together some five hundred signs of YSL collected from the east to the west of Yolŋu Country.