East Arnhem Regional Council (EARC) works at a local grass roots level to contribute to addressing the long-term neglect of Aboriginal arts and culture, its peoples and its communities. Community libraries and knowledge centres on Groote Eylandt bring the arts and culture of the Anindilyakwa to a global audience, as well as global knowledge to Groote Eylandt.
iStories is a digital arts project that enables Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to create, produce and use context-specific bilingual literacy materials to digitalize stories of times past. Watch our video to learn more!
The EARC Libraries are the central hubs for bringing together a number of organizations and partners with t common need to preserve culture, art, historically records and stories. This collaboration creates bilingual singing stories, picture stories, talking stories and e-stories, with accompanying artwork, music and audiovisuals.
iStories is highly successful model of cultural and community engagement with technology: for creative expression, learning, accessing information, communicating with family and friends, digitalized recording, preserving and sharing of contemporary and historical stories.
iStories has created an avenue for emerging artist through story telling in the electronic media of creating stories that can be transferred to movies, capturing dance, music song, art and presenting it to the world.
“iStories is very important for the Community. It is very good to keep the stories at the Library so we keeping all the stories and photos and images in our computers here so people will know about us. They will know peoples stories and how to find the stories and photos and images. iMovie is used to record family stories and import it all to the computer at the Library for other people to see; videos of traditional dancing and hunting and talking stories. I will be here always; holidays are in the bush taking videos” - Steve Wurramarra, MJD Project Officer
The iStories Project, which has enabled Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people of Groote Eylandt to capture and preserve stories of times gone past, has now been recognised nationally by taking out the Active Arts Category of the 2013 National Awards for Local Government.