Carclew is dedicated to bringing high quality arts experiences to all young South Australians. The remote outreach projects are unique and highly successful examples of arts and cultural practice interweaving to build a positive future for young people living in remote areas.
Carclew is committed to ensuring that its programs are responsive and accessible to those least likely to participate due to geographic location, socio-economic circumstances or disability. Carclew also aims to create tangible improvements in the quality of life of young South Australians by developing artistic projects which consider social need.
Delivered by teams of highly skilled and experienced arts practitioners, Carclew's remote outreach projects are designed around cultural appropriateness and incorporate realistic and relevant goals.
Of the 145 Indigenous languages still spoken in Australia, 110 are critically endangered. The National Indigenous Language Survey Report, 2005.
Tjitjiku Inma, a significant Carclew project to assist conservation of the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara languages and community stories, is coming to a close in outback South Australia.
In the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands and the Maralinga Tjarutja Lands, Carclew is playing a leading role in an inclusive effort to teach and record Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara ‘inma’ – traditional ceremonies told through community stories and dances.
Carclew has worked closely with Pitjantjatjara communities to create learning resources comprising of key inma. These tools (a book, DVD and CD) can be used by teachers, families and community leaders to assist in the learning process around these crucial cultural assets.
The project Tjitjiku (/chi-chi-ku/) Inma (loosely translated as ‘Children’s Ceremony’), was developed 7 years ago by Pitjantjatjara elders who were concerned that their stories were in jeopardy. Faced with modern cultural pressures, fewer Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara children were learning the Anangu language and without this language the inma was also being compromised.
Carclew has worked with Pitjantjatjara communities to reverse the decline, to help retain the traditional languages and inma within Indigenous communities and at the same time provide skills training for young Indigenous participants.
Tjitjiku Inma has involved 11 Pitjantjatjara communities and in excess of 500 Indigenous school students.
Importantly, this teaching effort is being supported by the state government education system, at schools in the communities and in metropolitan Adelaide. The children are also being encouraged to talk to their family members about the stories, so the whole community becomes involved.
As part of the project young people aged between 16 and 25 were employed to assist in the delivery of the project and provide translations for the DVD and book. A further 30 students from across the 11 participating communities participated in the recording and reporting of the project, acting as on-site translators and interacting with the elders.
This project is funded through Federal Government Closing the Gap, Remote Service Delivery and Indigenous Language Support programs.
Nullarbor, Not Just Dead Trees was a signifcant exhibition that examined young Indigenous identity through creative exploration.
Participants were encouraged to value their lives now and to engage with each other and their community in positive ways. Wayne Quilliam led a powerful workshop that has assisted young Aboriginal students from Yalata and Oak Valley communities, also known as the Maralinga Tjarutja Lands, in the far west of South Australia to develop photographic skills and techniques to create portraits expressing their dreams for the future and re-imagine their identity.
Students: Tristan Koko, Phyllis Bryant, Crystal Windlass, Ruben Windlass, Isabella Young, Talisha Boogar, Kyran Agius, Lawrence Baker, Lyndon Williams, Maxine Bridley
Nullarbor, Not Just Dead Trees was a project of Carclew with outcomes exhibited for Come Out Festival 2013.
Georgie Davill, Senior Program Manager
08 8267 5111