App fea­tures in­dige­nous cul­ture ba­sics

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Court­ney Fowler

Roe­bourne-based in­dige­nous mul­ti­me­dia com­pany Wee­ri­anna Street Media re­leased the na­tion’s first Welcome to Coun­try iPhone ap­pli­ca­tion ear­lier this month.

The free iPhone app de­liv­ers a sim­ple Welcome to Coun­try video in­tro­duc­tion to Aus­tralian in­dige­nous cul­ture, in­clud­ing ba­sic cul­tural pro­to­cols that are tribal bound­ary geo-spe­cific.

The app uses the GPS func­tion of the iPhone to de­liver a Welcome to Coun­try video or text/ im­age ver­sion to the user via push no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Where avail­able within a tribal bound­ary, the video will be of a tra­di­tional owner or el­der, wel­com­ing the visi­tor to their coun­try when the user en­ters that tribal geo-bound­ary.

Wee­ri­anna Street Media pro­ducer Robyn Marais said the app ed­u­cated the user on more than 30 tribes and lan­guage groups’ cul­ture and her­itage pro­to­cols across the Aus­tralia.

“The app teaches users some sim­ple, rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion about in­dige­nous cul­ture and the cus­toms of the tribe within that tribal geo-bound­ary,” she said.

“As such, the Welcome to Coun­try iPhone app can be used by tourists, schools, em­ploy­ers, gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, by tourism bod­ies and many other user groups and in­di­vid­u­als.

“We will con­tinue to add con­tent — the next one to be fi­nalised is Warlpiri — another won­der­ful video we look for­ward to shar­ing.”

Ms Marais thanked all those who had par­tic­i­pated in the pro- duc­tion or post-pro­duc­tion of the app con­tent. “We’re par­tic­u­larly grate­ful to the El­ders/knowl­edge car­ri­ers who have pro­vided such gen­er­ous mes­sages in the videos,” she said.

If you’re a tra­di­tional owner or a mem­ber of an Aus­tralian in­dige­nous lan­guage group and would like your mob in­cluded on the app, con­tact wel­comeapp@ ws­me­ or visit http:// www.wel­come­to­coun­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der view­ers are ad­vised that this app may con­tain im­ages and voices of peo­ple who have died.

Pic­ture: Wee­ri­ana Street Media

The new app de­liv­ers a sim­ple Welcome to Coun­try video in­tro­duc­tion to Aus­tralian in­dige­nous cul­ture.

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