Project captures the stories of Yindjibarndi elders on film
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.
Picture: Jessica Bukowski