(Image: Jack Buckskin courtesy of the Sydney Film Festival)

The traditional language of Kaurna country in South Australia’s Adelaide Plains is thought to have disappeared about 100 years ago. But thanks to research by linguists, a revival is underway. Jack Buckskin started learning Kaurna in 2006, and is now the only Aboriginal person to teach it in Adelaide.

Jack’s mission to keep the endangered language alive is the subject of a new documentary by indigenous filmmaker Dylan McDonald. “Buckskin” is McDonald’s first documentary, and it premieres at the Sydney Film Festival on June 12.

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