Woorabinda Stories – Old and New

As part of the Queensland Stories Project, the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) collects digital stories for its collection reflecting Queensland history. Thanks to a grant by SLQ and assistance from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), several ‘mini-movies’ have been made by the Woorabinda Aboriginal community. Woorabinda is a small Aboriginal community situated on traditional lands of the Wadja Wadja/Yungulu Aboriginal people about a two hour drive from the regional city of Rockhampton in Central Queensland.

I believe that two films are of particular interest for this unit. ‘Them Days’ is a walk down memory lane with Uncle Joe while a group of primary school children show that a smoke behind the sports shed is bad for sports in ‘Smoking is Bad’.  Of particular interest to me in these two films is the difference in dialect between the speakers; that is, that the younger generation have embraced their Aboriginal English dialect unashamedly.

I hope that you enjoy the films.

http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/file/0003/49179/SmokingIsBad.wmv

http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/file/0009/49176/ThemDays.wmv

References:

http://www.woorabinda.qld.gov.au/

http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/resources/atsi/contemporary-stories/woorabinda

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