Maningrida digital collection update

  Back in October 2014 we commenced the Maningrida Digitising Project, with the aim of building and supporting local capacity to digitise and mobilise audio-visual resources in the community – see our earlier blog post about this workshop. As part of this we set up digitising equipment so that we can digitally capture the many… Read more »

Maningrida Book Launch – Gun-ngaypa Rrawa ‘My Country’

  We were very proud to launch our new book Gun-ngaypa Rrawa ‘My Country’ at Maningrida on 25 March. The book was presented to elder Robert Bibora in a ceremonial performance by men and women from the An-nguliny and related clan groups. Robert Bibora is the senior member of the Gopamolija clan group, and is… Read more »

Ingkerr anyent-antey | The language of batik

Everything is one…we are a part of everything…everything is a part of us. The second exhibition to come from Utopia Bush Medicine Project. The exhibition is a celebration of women’s strength and continuity – an interweaving of art, language and awely (women’s performance arts). It affirms their connection to their country, and their deep cultural… Read more »

Lywemp-lywemp – a type of cosmetic

Lywemp-lywemp is a plant used to make your hair shiny and long. Young women at Utopia directed, shot and edited  this film Lywemp-lywempek arety-alhek, ‘going looking for lywemp-lywemp’. It was their first film for the Utopia Bush Medicine Project. A significant learning focus through the making of this film was the development of vernacular literacy skills…reading… Read more »

Awely Anter

Art and multimedia are powerful vehicles for language and cultural maintenance.

Kwertele ileme

  On Tuesday 10 March, women from the Akeyulerre Healing Centre in Alice Springs performed kwertele ileme at the Arrernte Language Office at Batchelor Institute’s Desert Peoples Centre campus. Kwertele ileme means ‘to smoke someone, to put someone in smoke’. This ceremony is performed on a number of different occasions, including with a new baby.… Read more »

Gun-ngaypa Rrawa Book Launch Invitation

  Gun-ngaypa Rrawa means ‘My Country’ in the Gun-nartpa language of North-central Arnhem Land, Australia. In this book, An-nguliny clan leader and celebrated artist England Banggala tells of Yirrichinga Ancestral Spirits who created the country around Gochan Jiny-jirra on the Cadell River, and the Jowunga spirits associated with his mother’s clan around the Barlparnarra swamp and… Read more »

Burarra signs and posters

Maningrida School ran two bilingual programs from the early 1980s until 2008. These programs provided the framework for local educators to be educational leaders in the community and for children to learn in their own languages at school. There is plenty of evidence at Maningrida of the results of Bilingual education. Some of the greatest riches… Read more »

What is soundprinting?

Soundprinting is a technology that allows for sound to be embedded into the pages of a book. The printing process creates a code that is invisible, but which can be read by a sound reader. The sound reader reads the code and then plays a sound file that is linked to that code. A book can… Read more »