Jirraginy joo Goorrarndal: The Frog and Brolga
Available September 1
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people please note that this video may contain names, images and voices of people who have passed away.

Jirraginy joo Goorrarndal: The Frog and Brolga

Jirraginy joo Goorrarndal: Frog and Brolga, an important Gija Creation story was shared by Gija Elder and Gawarre Traditional Owner Shirley Drill.

Jirraginy joo Goorrarndal: Frog and Brolga is a story shared by Senior Gija Custodian Shirley Drill. The Frog and Brolga are Creation Ancestors for the Gija people who through an event at Gawarre (Bungle Bungles), brought into being the Gija landscape, plants, animals and the Gija people. 

In 2009, SharingStories Founder Liz Thompson began working with the Gija Community, and Senior Gija Custodian Shirley Drill to record and document Jirraginy joo Goorrarndal: Frog and Brolga. In 2017, SharingStories returned to collaborate with the Gija community on the creation of a rich bilingual animated version of the story. The resulting content, created by students at Purnululu Aboriginal Independent Community School in Frog Hollow and Cultural Custodians from the Warmun Art Centre in the East Kimberley of Western Australia, includes original artwork, animations, photographs, and videos from Gija Country. Media was curated into both an innovative bilingual multi-touch book and a permanent interactive display panel housed at Boola Bardip Origins Gallery in Perth.

The animated story of Jirraginy joo Goorrarndal: Frog and Brolga from the multi-touch book is shared here as part of Indigenous Literacy Day.





Indigenous Literacy Day is proudly presented by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, a charity with a vision of equity of opportunity for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in remote Australia.

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