Project cap­tures the stories of Yind­jibarndi el­ders on film

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Stories from the Yind­jibarndi peo­ple have been cap­tured on film as part of a com­mu­nity project.

The Un­told Stories project has in­volved 20 com­mu­nity mem­bers, in­clud­ing some from Big hART’s Yi­jala Yala Project and Wirlu-murra Yind­jibarndi Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion, work­ing to­gether to record the stories of Yind­jibarndi el­ders.

Fortes­cue Met­als Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Nev Power said the project was a good ex­am­ple of the many Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties now us­ing dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to il­lus­trate and cel­e­brate their an­cient cul­ture.

“It is im­por­tant to in­crease our shared knowl­edge of Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture to lead to a deeper un­der­stand­ing of Aus­tralia’s first peo­ple,” he said.

“We be­lieve this is for the ben­e­fit of our whole com­mu­nity and Fortes­cue is proud to play its part.”

Twenty com­mu­nity mem­bers have par­tic­i­pated in the project so far, with five el­ders, in­clud­ing Bruce Mon­adee, in­volved in the film­ing.

“It is im­por­tant to record what we have done and what hap­pened,” he said. “We have been walk­ing with the other el­ders, roam­ing the Fortes­cue River and where we grew up.

“It was good to say how we felt when we first be­came a part of Roe­bourne, meet­ing other tribes and re­flect­ing on how that made us feel and how it af­fected us.”

In an ef­fort to make the ini­tia­tive self-sus­tain­ing, the Un­told Stories project has trained com­mu­nity mem­bers to film, pro­duce and edit the footage.

Sylvia Al­lan, Cyril Munda, Bruce Mon­adee and Dianna Smith.

Pic­ture: Jes­sica Bukowski

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