Awakening Dunghutti language through digital storytelling
South West Rocks Figtree Descendants Aboriginal Corporation was one of seven Aboriginal community organisations and groups to receive
funding through the 2019/20
Community Investments Program grant funding
to reawaken Dunghutti Language through art, language, dance and song.
The organisation used funding of $19,972 to expand their language learning through a digital education resource called Little Dhawirr
“Dhawirr” (which means “Little Sister”) tells the story about a girl living in Dunghutti Country – located on the
mid-north coast of NSW – who goes on an adventure to learn about her language. The interactive story guides children through song and dance,
and connects them to Country and practice mindfulness.
Artwork credit: Nancy Pattison from the South West Rocks Figtree Descendants Aboriginal Corporation
Nancy Pattison from the South West Rocks Figtree Descendants Aboriginal Corporation, together with Aunty Cheryl Blair, who has been teaching
language to the children on Country, created a digital resource with the children attending outdoor language classes on Country.
Created for children of primary school age, the animated resource has been shown at South West Rocks Public School and South Kempsey Public
School. From April, more children will be able to access the resource by book and USB through local schools and via the NSW Aboriginal
Education Consultative Group (AECG).
Aunty Cheryl Blair teaching language on Dunghutti Country
“Children have been enjoying learning Dunghutti language and connecting to country. They have embraced connection through digital
storytelling, which has been a powerful platform to share language during COVID,” said Nancy Pattison, community member of the South West
Rocks Figtree Descendants Aboriginal Corporation.
South West Rocks Figtree Descendants Aboriginal Corporation will next be developing a second digital story for a little boy. Watch this