Card game helps teach in­dige­nous lore and cul­ture

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

An in­dige­nous card game teach­ing lore and cul­ture in a fun and ed­u­ca­tional way has been launched in Roe­bourne by Wee­ri­anna Street Me­dia.

The Who Your Mob? card game was de­signed in Roe­bourne and is based around the four skin groups com­mon among most lan­guage groups in the West Pil­bara.

It con­sists of eight in­di­vid­ual decks for men and women of each of the four skin groups.

WSM di­rec­tor Tyson Mowarin said cre­at­ing a game out of the com­plex skin groups sys­tem had been a re­ward­ing chal­lenge.

“We knew we wanted to make a card game and we knew we wanted to teach play­ers the fam­ily tree struc­tures,” he said.

“The aim of the game is to cre­ate three fam­ily sets ... which are re­lated to your skin name and place in the fam­ily tree. It’s mainly aimed at chil­dren, ob­vi­ously be­cause right across Aus­tralia these sort of teach­ings aren’t be­ing taken up ev­ery day.”

Mr Mowarin said the game was a way for the younger gen­er­a­tion to re­gain the valu­able cul­tural knowl­edge needed to carry on tra­di­tions and for non-in­dige­nous peo­ple to learn more about in­dige­nous cul­ture.

Any­one want­ing a deck can get in touch with Wee­ri­anna Street Me­dia on Face­book or Twit­ter.

Wee­ri­anna Street Me­dia di­rec­tor Tyson Mowarin, left, with the first play­ers to have a go at the Who Your Mob? card game. Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

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