Scripture Resources

This electronic version of portions of Kuuk Thayorre reflect the work of Rev. Dr. Allen Hall and Aboriginal translators Tom and Myrtle Foote from Pormpuraaw (Edward River Community) Cape York from 1975 to 1990.  Small local publications of Psalm 1, 1 John 1, John 3:16 and Ephesians were made available to the community during that time. It is unknown if the material was consultant checked by consultants of the Forum of Bible Translation Associations so the text should be considered as a work in progress. It has been made available as there is no active bible translation work in the language underway.  We are thankful for the Hall family in making this material available.

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General Language Information:

Kuuk Thaayorre is a Pama-Nyungan language spoken in Pormpuraaw on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia. In 2016 there were about 210 speakers of Kuuk Thaayorre. As per the situation across most of Aboriginal Australia, the majority of speakers are adults, with fewer children learning the language with successive generations.

The language is also known as Behran, Gugudayor, Kuktayor, Kukudayore, Kuuk Thaayoore, Kuuk Thaayorre, Taior, Thaayore, Thaayorre, Thayore, Thayorre. (From

An interesting characteristic of Kuuk Thaayorre, is that like some other Australian Aboriginal languages, it uses absolute cardinal directions. This means that instead of talking about left and right, ahead, behind, etc, they use compass directions (north, east, south, west). They say things like, “There’s an ant on your southeast leg”. (From Omniglot)

An interesting paper on Time and Space by Alice Gaby can be found online here.