2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019). This is an opportunity for all Australians to engage in a national conversation about indigenous languages. Our newest online resource, Ara Winki is the perfect way for library members to access additional information straight from the source.
Ara Irititja means ‘stories from a long time ago’.
Ara Irititja is an award winning project that records and repatriates multimedia cultural and language material back to Aboriginal people in remote Central Australia. The project was a community initiative that has been running since 1994. In 2016 Ara Irititja received an Indigenous Languages and Arts grant from the Commonwealth Government to create an app that integrates with material from the archive.
The app, Ara Winki features cultural and language material of Aboriginal people in remote Central Australia. The multilingual educational tool is in English, Anangu, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara – with more to be added!
“… a rich snapshot of indigenous culture, providing story-based learning and cultural awareness – created by community, in community…”
The app is divided into five sections – Bush Foods, Art and Craft, Land Rights, Land Care and Learning. Most of the audio recordings featured in the app were made especially for it; they are varied, anecdotal stories about each topic with a variety of authentic Aboriginal voices. Every image has a recording with a transcription and translation making the app both language rich and visually appealing.
This resource – along with a varied selection of other materials available at your local library – is an accessible way for all Australians to engage with the history of this country and to maintain the importance of culture and indigenous language.
Contact your local library to see if this amazing resource is available and libraries can contact us for a demo.