Storytelling has always been an essential part of Indigenous culture. It is a powerful means of passing on knowledge, history and philosophies to new generations. It invites conversation, questioning and moral inquiry. It challenges our perception of the world and its many complexities, helps us heal from the traumas of the past and weaves a deep connection with community. Ultimately, it influences how we care for others and for country.
In recent months, storytelling has taken centre stage as the world turned its attention to the injustice’s experiences by people of colour. Black Lives Matter, a movement founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer and recent death of George Floyd, has re-ignited a collective interest in our own justice system and the treatment of Indigenous and Torres Strait Island peoples in Australia. For non-Indigenous Australians, the past few months has stimulated a newfound interest in the histories and stories of our people. We see this is a unique opportunity to learn and grow as a nation. As such, the Watarrka Foundation felt it important to share some voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through a selection of highly acclaimed films, books, podcasts and other digital resources.
Podcast - Curtain Podcast: Episode 68
Co-Hosts Amy McQuire and Martin Hodgson look at the wave of protests sweeping the world following the horrific killing of George Floyd by police. They examine similar cases in Australia, why the media is so inept at reporting on these issues and what is required to get justice for Aboriginal people in this country. Listen here https://curtainthepodcast.wordpress.com/
Podcast - Always was, always will be our stories
This podcast features inspiring conversations with Indigenous role models and trailblazers. The podcast is written, hosted, produced and edited by Marlee Silva, on the unceded lands of the Dharrawal people. Listen here https://open.spotify.com/show/1TMZMcKnu2xQXfrPHvdMMZ
For the kids: Little Yarns
‘Little Yarns’ is a podcast series that takes young listeners on a journey to a different nation to learn a first word on Country. Ideal for families listening together at home or as a listening resource in early learning centres, Little Yarns explores the diverse languages, stories and countries of Indigenous Australia. Listen here https://www.abc.net.au/kidslisten/little-yarns/