Funding to help get doco project off the ground
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.
Tjaabi performers take a bow at the end of a show. The Tjaabi concert will benefit from funding for Big hART.