Fund­ing to help get doco project off the ground

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A cher­ished in­dige­nous doc­u­men­tary will get a long-awaited sec­ond com­ing af­ter se­cur­ing Fed­eral Govern­ment fund­ing to build on a story started by many of the present­day el­ders in Roe­bourne.

Ju­luwarlu Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion was granted $200,000 un­der the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s In­dige­nous Lan­guages and Arts pro­gram to make a three-part se­ries to be ti­tled Heirs of Ex­ile.

It will be a fol­low-up to Ex­ile in the King­dom, a pow­er­ful doc­u­men­tary, which was made about 20 years ago and has be­come a sta­ple for any­one want­ing to learn about in­dige­nous his­tory in the Pil­bara.

Ex­ile in the King­dom brought to light mis­treat­ment dur­ing the 20th cen­tury at the hands of set­tlers and pas­toral­ists, which cre­ated the prob­lems fac­ing in­dige­nous peo­ple at the time, as well as the re­silience of the Pil­bara’s tra­di­tional own­ers in their fight to keep cul­ture alive.

Heirs of Ex­ile will pick up on this story, show­ing what the next gen­er­a­tion have made of them­selves and how tra­di­tional own­ers have fared since the first doc­u­men­tary was made.

Ju­luwarlu Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion was un­avail­able for com­ment.

Du­rack MHR Melissa Price said the cor­po­ra­tion also re­ceived $450,000 to help fund ac­tiv­i­ties for Yind­jibarndi el­ders to pass on their his­tory and lan­guage.

Ms Price said the In­dige­nous Lan­guages and Arts pro­gram would pro­vide $200,000 for Big hART to build on its Tjaabi con­cert with Tjaabi Project Legacy.

“(It is) tour­ing to pro­mote the value of Iera­mar­gadu’s in­dige­nous cul­tural as­sets to a wide au­di­ence, while sup­port­ing an on­go­ing com­mu­nity pro­gram that main­tains and re­vi­talises the in­ter­gen­er­a­tional trans­fer of tra­di­tional lan­guage, dance, story and song,” she said.

Tjaabi de­buted at the Ngurin Cul­tural Cen­tre dur­ing Roe­bourne’s 150th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions this year.

It tracks the his­tory of the Pil­bara, both good and bad, through song and dance in the eyes of the re­gion’s tra­di­tional own­ers.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Tjaabi per­form­ers take a bow at the end of a show. The Tjaabi con­cert will ben­e­fit from fund­ing for Big hART.

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