Australia’s Indigenous people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, were the original custodians of the land now known as Australia. These groups spoke hundreds of different languages, but the majority of them are now considered endangered. Indigenous languages hold important stories of human history, sustainable management of natural resources, and traditional knowledge, so through finding an interactive and engaging tool to promote intergenerational knowledge sharing will not only help preserve Indigenous language but promote richer cultures.
Collaborating with Indigenous communities across Australia, the Monash Country Lines Archive (MCLA) project uses cutting edge 3D animation. In consultation with communities animations are developed, and voiced by a person of that nation in their language. These become a dynamic tool that promotes curiosity and conversation between multiple generations.
The project has developed a library of animations that have enabled Elders and younger generations to remember and understand their culture. The affective responses to seeing these stories in a new light has deep cultural resonance, resulting in growing interest worldwide.
The project is ongoing, and is now called Wunungu Awara: Animating Indigenous Knowledges. Find out more on the project’s website.