A series of Wiradjuri Elder video interviews are now being shot and edited. They are jointly for Bernard’s PhD and for the Graduate Certificate Course in Wiradjuri Language and Culture at Charles Sturt University. The interviews explore what it means to be Wiradjuri, including ideas about Country, family, Wiradjuri language, and attitudes to life.
There are two new animations underway. We are obviously working towards a series. This series will also have accompanying explanations with them from Uncle Stan Grant. Bernard is working on Uncle Stan’s Brolga song, which will be a precursor to the animations for the PhD, and Tim Amaro is bringing his characters back for another appearance in Yamandhu Marang.
Lots of things are happening under the bonnet which will be revealed in time. Since the last post we have had one trip to Menindee with Aunty Joyce Hampton, senior Ngyampaa elder, working on the book of her life story. We head off on another adventure to Lake Cargelligo shortly. The nature of this project is quite personal but Aunty Joyce did say we can post a couple of photos here. The crew at Trida. Toni Lee, Aunty Joyce’s Granddaughter, Deb Evans, Aunty Joyce Hampton and Nives Zalokar The billy boiling at Menindee Mission, an important place for Aunty Joyce as it was where she grew up.
This new animation was created by Tim Amaro as a 3rd year Charles Sturt University animation student, as a community project, as part of our research, and as a Sharing and Learning Production. We’re all very happy with this. See full end credits at the end of the video.
The second Wiradjuri Language animation is now live on Youtube.
This is also an animation by Pam Readford from another Dr Uncle Stan Grant song. See under animation on Youtube for further credits.
We are playing the role of producer for this one.
Sharing and Learning has been recently been involved in the development of a number of Wiradjuri Language learning resources including language pronunciation videos with Uncle Stan Grant and animations of Wiradjuri language songs. A number of these projects are coming to fruition. This animation below, animated by Pam Readford, is one of the first animations to be complete. A lot of thought went into making the animation a genuine learning tool. The more you watch it the more it grows on you.
Aunty Sandy Warren (b1942, Wiradjuri), Aunty Joyce Hampton (b1933, Ngiyampaa), Aunty Lorraine Tye (b1950, Wiradjuri), and Jonathan Jones (b1978, Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi), Wagga Wagga weaving welcome 2013; stained sandblasted glass: Wiradjuri welcome by Uncle Stan Grant; installation view Wagga Wagga Regional Airport, Wagga Wagga; commissioned by Wagga Wagga City Council; photograph Bernard Sullivan and Nives Zalokar; courtesy the artists