Australian Aboriginal culture has existed continuously for more than 40
000 years. They have developed sophisticated social organisations,
complex legal systems and a numerous practices and ceremonies based
around their Dreamtime beliefs. There is no way we could ever hope to
capture all their knowledge of animal behaviour, or of the seasons and
bush tucker that each one brings. For that matter we will never know the
full extent of the geographical, ecological or land management skills
that these communities possess but at least some of them are documenting
different aspects of their culture for future generations. Here are a
number of apps that introduce students to both their oral story telling
tradition and their traditional languages. Enjoy!
Ngurrara - Australian Aboriginal Storybook: FREE
Ngurrara follows the journeys of three young Australian Aboriginal
Ngarluma men as they fish, hunt and carve their own stories. It is set
on Murujuga (Burrup Peninsula) As the landscape, the people and culture
change over millennia, one thing remains the same, the Ngarluma people
'were always here.'
Warlu Song - Australian Aboriginal Storybook: $2.99 AU
A spirit man journeys with a terrifying serpent, ripping up trees with
an angry wind, smashing the land with floods and changing the country
forever. Continuing the Aboriginal oral tradition, this story was dreamt
by a songsmith and is here sung in Yindjibarndi and spoken in English.
Yagambeh - Australian Aboriginal Storybook: FREE
Yugambeh Aboriginal language from the Gold Coast, Logan and Scenic Rim
regions in Queensland, at your fingertips for educators, visitors and
community. Includes audio, dictionary and pictionary files. Developed by
the Yugambeh Museum to re-invigorate use of their traditional language.
One Road: Canning Stock Route: $1.99 AU
One Road: Canning Stock Route Project app takes users on a journey
through the remote deserts of Western Australia. Part rich cultural
resource, part travel guide, One Road is an interactive map spanning the
2000km Canning Stock Route, which was surveyed between 1906 and 1910 to
Healesville High S-Dreamtime: FREE
Under the guidance of Aunty Joy Murphy, a Wurundjeri elder, nineteen
years 7, 8 and 9 students from Healesville High School undertook an
intensive two days of Dreamtime story telling, culminating in four
dreamtime stories told through striking artwork and narrated in the
students' own voices.
Ringbalin - River Stories: $6.49
In 2010 the Ringbalin, a group of Indigenous tribes reignited an ancient
ceremony, a Ringbalin, travelling 2300km, dancing to save Australia’s
Murray Darling Rivers from a crippling drought. By the time they had
finished rain had started falling. What followed were the biggest floods
in Australian records.
Indigenous Australian: Art Gallery of NSW lets you explore a selection
of artists and artworks from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
art collection. Discover stories of the artists and the art, get simple
explanations of art terms, and go behind the scenes with interviews and
NT Languages - Anindilyakwa: FREE
A flash card language app developed by the Northern Territory Library
comprising everyday words and phrases in Anindilyakwa and English. This
app is a bilingual literacy tool for people in Anindilyakwa communities,
as well as English-speaking workers and visitors to the Gulf of
Information on the Australian Aboriginals and the Torres Strait
Islanders. Past and present, the corroborees, Indigenous art, the land
with places like Uluru also known as Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon. The
Torres Strait Islanders history including the cultured pearling industry
and fishing for Dugong.
Yan - Aboriginal Text Editor:
Creation of Australian indigenous language text on iPads. The app
contains the special characters used by most of the common Australian
Aboriginal languages, such as 'Ŋ' for example. Unforunately this app is
not currently available in the Australian iTunes Store.
Sharing the Dreaming: FREE
Sharing the Dreaming is a window into Aboriginal culture: the culture of
the Nyoongar, the traditional custodians of Australia’s South-West.
Listen to Dreamtime stories, illustrated by images of paintings in the
local style. Hear and learn Nyoongar words and their English language
The West Macs: FREE
Welcome to the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges, a world class
National Park and home to the Western Arrarnta people of Central
Australia. Listen and watch our stories of scenic beauty and history
from this ancient landscape and a culture that has existed for many
thousands of years.
Ma Iwaida: FREE
The Ma! Iwaidja app is an initiative of the Minjilang Endangered
Languages Publication project. Anyone interacting with the language in
any way, including Iwaidja speakers becomes an instant documentary
linguist. Adding a new word with transcription is as simple as adding a
new contact to your Contacts list.