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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Charleville Generational Learning Project - Daryll Bellingham, Brisbane

Well I've returned from Charleville with a swag of digital stories almost ready for burning to DVD and some cherished memories of some very special culturally significant places in Bidjara country.

Helping Shaun video at Carnavon rock shelter.

Reeghan interviewing Aunty Carol at Boonaroo Springs lookout.

It was a real buzz to be with the young and old as they explored sites like Lost City, Goats Rock, Bulla Cliffs, Boonaroo Springs and the Carnavon Ochre Pots. As the 11 young people and the Elders they were matched with started to absorb some of the specialness of the sites they were given much to think about. Digital stories with their emphasis on oral storytelling and visual creativity seemed a perfect match.

Our show and tell session on Friday evening at the Indigenous Health centre was wonderful. Fed with marinated kangaroo kebabs and a great salad, my wonderful volunteer, Christabelle Baranay, and I wrestled with the vagaries of Microsoft MovieMaker, recalcitrant laptops, a different data projector and a hastily thrown together sound system to show the participants' Digital Stories in an open air movie theatre under the western stars.

I'm really looking forward to getting back to Charleville again and doing another project with a focus on the Elders' stories. Hopefully we can get the funding because it would be good to extend the training component of the project. I believe Digital Stories has tremendous potential as a community cultural development tool.

More detailed report - austories.blogspot.com

Daryll Bellingham, 29th March 2006


Anonymous June Perkins said...

It was great to hear about the setting of the show and tells in the digital storytelling project- under the stars- how wonderful.

I hope you get the funding to do the training to, and it seems so worthwhile for these skills to be transmitted and then localised.

It is brilliant to see many more show and tells under the stars .

12:31 pm, March 30, 2006  
Blogger Austories said...

Yes. I'm sure you're right June. I asked the 'guru' of Digital Storytelling, Joe Lambert from the Centre for Digital Storytelling at the First Person Conference about the best way to encourage Digital Storytelling as a community tool and his reply was to run workshops and to ensure that your local ccd workers are trained.

Daryll Bellingham

12:03 pm, March 31, 2006  
Blogger QCAN Member said...

Sounds like a wicked time. What was the main aim of the storytelling? Was it for the young ones to tell their stories or the elders to share some stories about their country? What did you think beforehand and what became apparent during the project? I wondered about the ownership of the stories and whether they would be made for the communities they are about or for wider sharing?


11:06 am, April 06, 2006  
Blogger Austories said...

Hi Tamara,
Yes wicked time it was. The Digital Storytelling was part of a wider Generational Learning Project run between CWAATICH and Community Health. The overall idea was certainly to encourage communication between community Elders and the young people. They had a number of sessions before I got to Charleville where they swapped stories about food, games, the old times etc.

For most of the Elders and the young people it was the very first time that they had ever visited the Bidjara sites. As well not all the community Elders were Bidjara.

It had certainly been part of the original idea that the Elders stories would also be created as Digital Stories but that turned out to be far too optimistic given the amount of time taken up by simply visiting sites and simply running the camp so a decision was made to concentrate on the young peoples stories this time.

I'm hoping that we will be able to find funding to go back and do the Elders stories next. It will be much better to do them in a town setting so that we can access the much wider variety of images needed for life stories.

CWAATICH is claiming copywrite on the stories on behalf of the young people who created them however I am hoping that everyone will be happy to make them available widely through a DVD distribution and on the State Library's Qld Stories web site.

I've just sent draft DVDs out to Charleville for feedback and approval so more on that when I can.

Daryll Bellingham

4:29 pm, April 07, 2006  
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