Learn about your mob
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.