This animation caught my attention since it was made by the members of an Indigenous Australian language rivival class. This class was started to pass down knowledge of the language and culture of the Adnyamathanha people of the Flinders ranges in South Australia. In 2007, there were only 20 fluent speakers of Yura Ngawarla, which meant the language was heading for language death. The Ngawarla classes run after school during school term and encourages people from all backgrounds to enrol. Hence this not only strenghens the Adnyamathanha community but also the community at large and surely revives the culture and language, instigating a special interest in children. This brings youth and elders together.
This animation reveals the potential which youth hold in connecting with their heritage and reviving a language when given the opportunity and offered the knowledge. Using digital animation, the class and the producers prove the marriage between new technology and old knowledge can indeed help revive a language and connect youth to their heritage. ‘Wadu Matyidi’ is entirely in Yura Ngawarla and tells the story of 3 Adnyamathanha children’s way of life before the British Invasion. As one of the young actors explain, ‘this has helped them to understand the Adnyamathanha world, past and present.’
P.s: Click on this link for another snippet of the animation Wadu matyidi animation 🙂