Supporting the management of Indigenous cultural heritage, using contemporary digital technology to record and share ancient knowledge.
Sharing Stories supports the holding and maintenance of Indigenous cultural heritage, using contemporary digital technology to record and share ancient knowledge. Their work facilitates the intergenerational transmission of culture, strengthens community cohesion, supports conventional/digital literacies for children and builds pathways to employment. They also work with communities to distribute selected, public material that serves to stimulate a deeper understanding of Indigenous culture in the broader public domain.
Funds raised: $26,828
SharingStories pitched to TFN in June 2015 and raised $26,828 funding to develop their work and specifically used for translations of The Mukarr (Giant Green Sea Turtle) Hunters creation story.
“I cry for this country,” legendary Wagilak songman and senior cultural custodian Roy Wunyumbi Ashley says. Roy sings funeral songs, and he is concerned about the transfer of cultural songs and stories to younger generations.
Songlines span the countries of Australia and denote kin, clans, culture and tradition. SharingStories Foundation supports the maintenance of Indigenous cultural heritage, including songlines, by using contemporary digital technology to record and share the ancient knowledge.
The funds received were used for translations of The Mukarr (Giant Green Sea Turtle) Hunters creation story, which traverses land and sea across hundreds of kilometres of North East Arnhem Land and the Wessel Islands and tells how Country came into being for the Liya-dhälinymirr Djambarrpuyŋu people. The Mukarr Hunters story will also be added to an interactive digital multi-touch book along with songs and media from the journey. Funds have also been used to edit, translate and deliver segments of cultural content to Mapuru School, a project that SSF says has positively affected 150 Liya-dhälinymirr Djambarrpuyŋu and clan nation people and is projected to reach over 20,000 people.
Since pitching to TFN in 2015, SharingStories has supported nine different communities across Australia in the holding and sharing of cultural heritage through digital storytelling, mapping and language programs. Responding to community requests, it has also developed a tailored professional development program in digital media and culturally relevant learning practices for schools and community, as well as creating partnerships with multiple media organisations and educational institutions for mentoring young Indigenous media students.
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