Roebourne features in research film
A film about Aboriginal parenting produced as a result of research funded by the Australian Research Council into the health and wellbeing of women and children in Roebourne was screened at Murdoch University for the first time earlier this month.
Since 2011, Professor Rhonda Marriott and her Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing TripleWrap Research Team have worked with the Yindjibarndi and Ngarluma people and local agencies to create perinatal health programs in Roebourne.
As a result, Professor Marriott and her team worked with Lorraine Coppin from the Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation and Roebourne film maker Tangiora Hinaki to produce Mothering: Valuing Ngaarda Ways.
The documentary-style film involved more than 60 Yindjibarndi and Ngarluma Aboriginal mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers and young girls.
It explored the significance of culture and family to parenting and grandparenting in a regional community, and the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal mothers and grandmothers.
Professor Marriott said they were excited to launch the film at Murdoch University and share it with Aboriginal community members and services. “We have selected the week of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day for the launch of the film,” she said.
“This year’s theme is helping our kids stand tall and feel connected and proud in culture, so what better week for us to launch our film and to celebrate the similarities of diverse Aboriginal cultures for strong families.”
The film screening was attended by invited Aboriginal community members from Roebourne Jane and Pansy Cheedy, Noongar elders from Perth, service providers and researchers from the project.
Yindjibarndi elder Jane Cheedy said she felt overwhelmed with pride when she watched the documentary for the first time.
“It was great to see the young women go out bush and be taught the old ways and traditions during pregnancy,” she said.
“It’s good to mix the traditional ways with the new ways, to make young Aboriginal mums and dads stronger in themselves.”
“It needs to be the two parents working together to rear their children … hopefully this experience will help them feel more confident to do that.”
The screening was followed by a panel discussion, including questions from the audience, on the strengths of culture and Aboriginal families and how services can better support families in parenting.
Film maker Tangiora Hinaki said it was good to see the film stimulate discussion around the importance of family roles in Aboriginal culture.
“The audience was in awe of the film and were amazed by these stories and cultural traditions of bush life,” she said.
“The film is currently being pitched to NITV to air for the nation and world to see.
“It’s a proud moment for myself. I am so blessed to have this connection with the local people in Roebourne.”
Professor Marriot said DVD copies of the film have been distributed to educational and health services in other Aboriginal communities.
A final report on the project, featuring key findings and recommendations will be made public later in the year.
Lorraine Coppin from the Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation on country with local youth for the Mothering: Valuing Ngaarda Ways documentary.
Pansy Cheedy (centre) performing a smoking ceremony in Roebourne.