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In past years, in the APY and Maralinga Tjarutja Lands, Carclew has played a lead role to facilitate teaching and recording of Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Inma and language through the Tjitjiku Inma project and the creation of a trilingual learning resource.
The resource includes a book with Creation Stories from across communities, cultural information in relation to Inma, a DVD with animations created from illustrations by young people and a CD of Inma songs sung by Aboriginal Elders and community. The resource has been used by teachers, families and community leaders since its publication.
The Tjitjiku Inma project spanned over three years and although expansive in its reach there are still communities in the APY Lands and West Coast that have not yet been involved, including key locations such as Amata and Mimili.
Expressed interest from Elders and community has led to a second phase of Tjitjiku Inma – Tjitjiku Tjukurrpa - and 2019 will see commencement of the early consultation for this long term project.
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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, was delivered in outback South Australia.
In the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands and the Maralinga Tjarutja Lands, Carclew played 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.
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