Learn about your mob

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Im­por­tant in­dige­nous cul­tural lessons and a dash of light­hearted fun are set to cul­mi­nate to help ed­u­cate Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple through one sim­ple ques­tion: “who your mob?”

The Who Your Mob? card game, which was de­vel­oped by Wee­ri­anna Street Me­dia and is due to launch shortly, uses an Uno-style card for­mat to teach ev­ery­one about the cul­tural gov­er­nance sys­tem which drives Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple’s way of life.

The aim of the game is to col­lect mul­ti­ple sets of the four skin groups — Banaga, Bu­rungu, Ba­lyirri and Gari­marra — to cre­ate fam­ily trees be­fore your op­po­nents but be warned, bad spir­its and so­cial mis­de­meanours can set you back to square one.

WSM di­rec­tor Tyson Mowarin said Who Your Mob? would help chil­dren learn what can be a com­pli­cated sys­tem.

“It’s mainly aimed at chil­dren be­cause right across Aus­tralia these sort of teach­ings aren’t been taken up ev­ery day. In my aun­ties’ and un­cles’ and par­ents’ gen­er­a­tion, this stuff was com­mon knowl­edge,” he said.

“It’s not only for in­dige­nous peo­ple, it’s aimed at non-in­dige­nous as well ... so if they learn to play this game they might un­der­stand a bit more about the gov­er­nance struc­tures and ex­pected be­hav­iours in com­mu­nity. It also is a fun way for non-in­dige­nous peo­ple to re­late to the com­mu­nity.”

“The name comes from a com­mon ques­tion that Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple ask right across Aus­tralia,” he said.

“As soon as we come across each other, we ask ‘who your mob?’ We wanna know ba­si­cally where you from and who’s your fam­ily so we can maybe find a con­nec­tion there.”

The game is as ad­dic­tive as a good bit of bush tof­fee and is aimed at help­ing ev­ery­one, whether in­dige­nous or not, gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture.

Mr Mowarin said the card game would fea­ture an on­line com­po­nent down the line too. Play­ers will be able to scan a QR code and go on­line to build their own fam­ily tree.

Tyson Mowarin with the Who Your Mob? card game. Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

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