The Pertame Master-Apprentice Program (MAP) is an Indigenous community-led project that seeks to grow the next generation of Pertame speakers while nurturing a prosperous community through strong cultures and identities.
The Pertame MAP focusses on uplifting all generations of Pertame women and girls, creating a space for our Pertame Grandmothers to pass their knowledge, culture and responsibilities onto their daughters, grand daughter and great-grand daughters.
Pertame is a critically endangered Central Australian language. There are less than 10 fluent speakers of Pertame, all within the grandparent generation. Without serious action, Pertame language will be lost within the next generation. Pertame is an ancient and rich language, carrying 60,000+ years of history, heritage, knowledge of country and a unique perspective of the world. Speaking language has deep and enduring benefits on the mental, spiritual and physical health and wellbeing of Aboriginal women and children.
MAPs are a world-leading method of Indigenous language revival developed by Native American communities. MAPs rapidly grow new fluent speakers, through intensive oral immersion sessions with elder speakers (the master) and adult learners (apprentices). The methodology emulates how infants first acquire language naturally from their family & home environment. The Pertame MAP seeks to professionally develop three female apprentices into fluent language teachers, linguists and community leaders.