Aunty Veronica Arbon says, "This is the first children’s storybook completed by Arabana people, in partnership with the mobile Language Team (MLT) and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). It’s part of a multi-prone strategy for keeping Arabana language awake and used, particularly within families. It was written and told by our oldest male speaker, Thanthi Syd Strangways, who learned his language in the 1930s, when it was a thriving language and spoken on the Land. Many children have heard this story and are gaining interest in learning the language as a result of the publication. Working with the author and illustrator (artist), this animation brings the story to life and expands the story’s reach to more children and families. It tells a story which reminds us of our language but also to respect and care for our Country and the animals within it."
Thank you to the HenderCare Foundation for funding this animation.
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.