The Warlpiri Theme Cycle

The Warlpiri Theme Cycle is a local language and culture curriculum that was developed by Warlpiri elders and educators from Yuendumu, Lajamanu, Willowra and Nyirrpi in the 1980s. It is also known as the Warlpiri Knowledge Cycle. At the time, elders were concerned about Warlpiri knowledge being passed on to younger generations. Their aspiration was for children to learn strong Warlpiri language and culture. Elders did not want children to lose their language and their cultural knowledge. All the ideas that the Elders gave in the early days about what kids should learn fell roughly into themes, and so their ideas were organised into twelve themes. It was decided that each term, a different theme would be the focus. There are twelve themes in the Warlpiri Theme Cycle and to cover the 12 themes takes a three year cycle.

BRDU Website

Access all our Warlpiri readers, resources. songs and games as well as Warlpiri lessons to learn the language.

Warlpiri Books & Resources

These catalogues were created by the BRDU, which includes a comprehensive list of all the Warlpiri books and resources that is available for use within the classrooms.

As material is always getting produced by the team, this is the March 2023 edition, check them out!