Boandik Language: Ocean Theme

Boandik / Bunganditj language resources with an ocean theme. Finding language resources can be hard work!

Okay so this post was originally written way back in December 2014 and I'll be honest - it seems like way longer than almost 4 years. But here I am revisiting my old posts one at a time to really look at what's still need, what needs updating and adding to.

Originally this post was about a third offering to support Boandik language use in classrooms. If you have followed the website for some time you will know that I adore languages and learning about them. This is even more important when the language has a relevance to where you live.

In this case, the Bunganditj language is from the Bunganditj people who lived in the south-east region of South Australia around where modern-day Mount Gambier is located. It is important to not that there are many spelling of the Bunganditj (Bungandidj is one) and where called the Boandik tribe by early settlers in the area.

The lives of the Bunganditj people changed rapidly when Europeans came and changed the landscape. Christina Smith, a missionary, documented some of their traditions and their language back in the 1800s. The information was later published in a book. Please note however that the spelling assigned by Christina has been recently overhauled in a joint effort to perserve the language.

Anyway, this particular resource is a set of word wall cards with an ocean theme. Ocean was because it was the focus of my class at the time of creation. This was at the time the largest word wall set I had made that focued on this language and includes 15 cards: whale, shark, octopus, turtle, shell, stingray, fish, seagull, seaweed, sand, pelican, ice, penguin, seal and sea. The original graphics have since been replaced by a consistent look with clip art by Rossy's Jungle (supremely talented artist).

If interested in owning a copy of this word wall, you can find the set here.

 This post was updated on the 3rd July 2018.


  1. What a terrific resource! Kylie
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  2. I love the updated graphics on these! My grade 3s were so excited to use them this term.