The new Wiradjuri Words and Phrases animations are close to complete, just putting in the finishing touches they and will be available from early October. There are three animations one set in the kitchen, one set outside a cafe, and one on a walk by the river. The animations are set in a contemporary world and cartoon characters based on Uncle Stan and Aunty Betty Grant, and their voices. Created by Bernard Sullivan and Tim Amaro.
Bernard and Tim Amaro are continuing their successful collaboration with three more animations well underway based on the first volume of Dr Uncle Stan Grant’s useful words and phrases. The three animations are set in a unique contemporary world and feature the voices of Uncle Stan and Aunty Betty and their images as cartoon style characters developed by Tim and Bernard to be hosts of these fun and useful Wiradjuri language learning adventures.
An epic animation in Wiradjuri language exploring various aspects of the concept of Yindyamarra, including respect, honour, go slow, and taking responsibility, will premiere on new outdoor video screens as part of the opening of the new Albury City Art Gallery extensions. This animation is the creative centrepiece in Bernard’s doctorate. Our other Wiradjuri language animations will screen with it.
The 10 minute animation, which features images and sounds of Wiradjuri country, is written and narrated in Wiradjuri, in a collaboration with Dr Uncle Stan Grant AM. Part of the journey has been learning Wiradjuri, and an even greater part has been to begin to understand the concept of Yindyamarra which is a complete philosophy and way of life that is central to Wiradjuri identity.
It is planned to have screenings throughout Wiradjuri country.
There will be an illustrated book of the poem published later this year.
A DVD of the first four animations is now available.
25 dollars each, postage included.
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This DVD has been prepared to make these four animations more available, cover production costs, and to generate funding to create more animations in the near future.
This is a fantastic resource for language teachers and for anyone, young or old, wishing to start learning the Wiradjuri language. Based around four songs by Dr Uncle Stan Grant and Dr John Rudder. These songs are designed to accompany the Wiradjuri Language Songbooks 1 and 2.
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.