Johnny Mark is a Warrangu man but he is playing a key role in supporting Mpakwithi Revival.

Johnny is the husband of Agnes Mark, Mpakwithi Elder and has been writing songs to help her and her sisters revive their critically endangered language.

He has also worked with their grandchildren to develop a dance troupe which performs to contemporary Mpakwithi malghari (corroboree) songs. This group recently welcomed the Queen’s Baton to New Mapoon as it began it’s tour of Queensland.

Pama Language Centre linguist Xavier Barker has been working closely with Johnny and our in-house composer to develop new songs as they begin the task of developing a body of Mpakwithi literature.

Johnny is currently enjoying rehearsing songs he wrote in English which have now been translated into Mpakwithi.