Multimodal discourse forms in Aboriginal Sand-stories

As an Artist I’m fascinated by the discourse form of sand stories, common to many indigenous australian groups. Long before powerpoint and prezi presentations, many Aboriginal groups were making good use of multimodal discourse forms.

I’ve attached some clips, and information on research into the practise.

In this one Warlpiri man, Steve Jampijinpa explains the five pillars of Warlpiri culture.

Here’s an example of how a youth arts program run by Carclew youth arts and Arts SA, used the form to talk about health and wellbeing amongst young people.

And Finally the work of Dr Jennifer Green from the School of Languages and Linguistics at University of Melbourne, who’s work won the 2011 chancellor’s Award for Excellence in a PhD Thesis.

Joshua Hoare

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