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ICS Stories So Far

The Indigenous Community Stories records Western Australia's Indigenous heritage, cultural and historical stories on film. The initiative aims to record 100 Indigenous oral histories, so they can be viewed by future generations as well as creating invaluable records of Australia's national/ cultural identity. Australian cultural maintenance has never been more pressing . These stories outline accomplishments and reflections of Indigenous community members across regional WA, capturing native tongue, traditions, practices and ideologies before they are lost forever.  ICS contributes to our understanding of the remaining Indigenous languages, Indigenous knowledge systems and our shared histories, with cultural authority through its panel of Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural leaders, and Indigenous film producers and archivists.  Check out the ICS videos below or download the Stories Recorded So Far PDF.

0087 - The Angus Family
 
0086 - Wanirriny Djingoordha (Hotham/Bannister River)
 
0085 - TBA
 
0084 - TBA
 
0083 - Shirley Thorne
 
0082 - Betty Lockyer
 
0081 - Bruce Thomas
(TRAILER)
 
0080 - Alf Taylor
 
0079 - Paul Hansen. Noongar Warrior
(TRAILER)
 
This is the life story of 93 year old Mirriwoong Elder Vernon Gerrard, born in Wyndam-a story of ‘survival,
hard work and resistance’. Vernon was an unfortunate witness to what is known as the ‘Forrest River Massacre’
near Oombulgarri when he was a young boy. Vernon will also tell his story of work on pastoral stations
and in building the townships of Kununurra and Wyndham-his bush, hunting and horsemanship skills.
 
0077 - The Goreng People
 
0076 - Theresa Walley
 
0075 - Moola Bulla Memories
 
0074 - Laurel Nannup
(TRAILER)
 
0073 - Gunada Band
 
0072 - AGWA Big Art Story. East Kimberley Artists
 
0071 - Rosie Lala
 
The Art Gallery of WA profiles Bonnie Deegan as part of its ‘Desert River Sea- Kimberley Artists Then
and Now’ program. Bonnie was born at Margaret River Station in 1940, and grew up there  with her family
and taught the bush ways  by her Elders. At the age of four, Bonnie was forcibly removed from her family 
and transported to Moola  Bulla Station and later to Broome, resulting in a loss of language, culture
and family connections.  On her return to Halls Creek she relearnt her language.  She worked at the
Kimberley Language Resource Centre and was the  Chairperson for 10 years. In 1992 Bonnie joined
the art centre and now paints her country, bushtucker and Dreaming stories.
 
Based in Halls Creek, the Yarliyil Art Centre provides a place for local cultural expression
by enabling the ethical production and sale of Aboriginal Art. This story captures stories of artist,
Tiny Macale, was born at Inverway Station in the Northern Territory sometime in the 1930s.  She
grew up at the station with her family where she taught hunting and gathering techniques 
from her Elders. Tiny and her family worked many jobs and moved between Limbunya
Station, Wave Hill, VRD Station, Wyndham and Alice Downs
Station before they eventually moved to Halls Creek.
 
Based in Halls Creek, the Yarliyil Art Centre provides a place for local cultural expression by
enabling the ethical production and sale of Aboriginal Art. This story captures stories
senior artist Maggie Long, born sometime in the 1940s on Sturt Creek Station.
Maggie’s paintings convey stories passed onto her by her grandmother
and her experiences growing up in the bush which was her school.
 
0067 - Warmun
The Warmun Art centre is owned and governed by Gija people and produces world-class artworks by
highly  acclaimed senior artists as well as supporting emerging artists. This film captures a small
group of senior artists who share their personal stories through their artworks and the history
of two-way learn- ing in the community of Turkey Creek. Artists include
Shirley Purdie, Churchill Cann, Mabel Juli, and Lena Nyadbi.
 
Waringarri Aboriginal Arts profiles the ‘Waringarri Generational Collaboration Project’, and illustrates
how establihed artists pass on skills and knowledge to future generations-  translating traditional
skills into contemporary artworks. Up to four generations of artists' have been  involved in
several major public art projects, including an ‘family based’ installation at the Kununurra 
Courthouse, a bush-tucker  mural at the health centre, and large sculptural
forms of boabs in bronze, and carved wooden totems.
 
0065 - Josie Boyle
On location at Mount Margaret, Josie Boyle tells of mission life and her white English missionary ‘mother’,
Elsie. She recalls living in a bush shack as a teenager, and searching for meaning and adventure on the
streets of Perth at 17. The story follows Josie’s rise to prominence as a story-teller and performer. 
Her mother’s intimacy with the ‘Seven Sisters’ creation story cycle became a fascination
for Josie, who later presented these stories in painting and a major dance production.
 
The background story of the formation of the Gooniyandi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC), leading  up
to its Native Title determination in 2014, and the vision of cultural bosses about the future for of the 
Corporation. GAC members talk about the struggles of family groups to win recognition of owner-
ship of land, the strengths of the group to meet challenges and overcome adversity, and 
the way Gooniyandi people deal with broader community issues related to country.
 
0063 - Yarliyil Artists
 
0062 - Tucker Family
This story is a brief history of the Christian Aboriginal Parent-Directed School (CAPS) and the
Wongatha Training Centre in Kalgoorlie. Leslie and Kathleen Tucker and others were brought up at
Mt Margaret Mission in the Goldfields, to be educated and learn the Gospel. These organisations
helped people to transition from a mission to a Western lifestyle.
 
 
0061 - Tjungupi's Story
 
0060 - Kira Kiro Art Centre. Kalumburu Artists
 
0059 - Bigali Hanlon
 
The Miriwoong people work to preserve and transmit their language. David Newry, one of the founding
members of the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Cultural Centre in Kununurra,
and others, tells a story of hope for the future, based on the passing on of cultural knowledge a
nd language to future generations.
 
0057 - Ingaarda People
 
 
0056 - Lois Olney
 
Will-Yu, a Perth-based Hip Hop artist, originally from Broome, participates in BLOW “N” UP,
the annual West Australian Indigenous Hip hop Showcase. Indigenous young people write and record their o
wn hip-hop music and perform on stage-facilitating freedom of expression and cultural engagement.
 
0054 - Gina Williams
 
Gordon Yuline is a senior Nyiyaparli Elder currently residing in the town of Port Hedland. He is one of the
last few remaining  fluent speakers of Nyiyaparli. There are currently less than 10 fluent speakers of the
Nyiyaparli language.  This small group of Nyiyaparli elders record information about
Nyiyaparli language culture and history on country.
 
0052 - Biddy Timbinah
 
0051 - Dreaming Stories of the Kupungarri
 
This story focus’ on the Blurton family’s involvement with the Catholic Church and  the creation
of the Aboriginal Mass Centre. In September 2014 an event was held to celebrate  40 years of  the
Aboriginal Mass Centre and the Catholic Church’s contribution to the Perth’s  Noongar Community. 
Gwen Corunna and Muriel Bowie will share their stories about  the church  and their father, John
Blurton, a founding member of the Aboriginal  Mass Centre. They will  share  family stories,
 photographs and memorbillia, including a journey to York to talk on country.
 
0049 - Ollie George
Respected Badimaya Elder Ollie George is one of the last to record Badimaya language and culture,
much of which has been lost due to colonisation. He tells a story about growing up on Kirkalocka and Wydgee
Stations with his Nanna and Poppa, and learning Badimaya culture and traditions.
 
Ross Boddington, respected Wajarri Elder and Songman records language, significant sites and culture in his
beloved Wajarri country. The film includes a corroboree out at Wooleen, with Ross playing the Walarnu (Boomerang).
 
Women of the Wandjina documents the leadership of four prominent women Elders from the Mowanjum
Community, in the West Kimberley. These women are the last of their generation raised in the bush to have
observed all the teachings of their Elders, language speakers and law bosses. They discuss the importance
of passing on knowledge to the next generation to maintain culture.
 
0046 - Bundiyarra
Bundiyarra Founding Elders tell stories of the reserve prior to their fight to win land back.
They tell of the issues they faced and how families worked together to resolve these issues.
 
Nyul Nyul/Bunuba woman, Margaret Smith (nee Patrick), tells her story includinglife on the mission and
how her mother, a member of the Stolen Generation, applied for citizenship which allowed the
family to move to Derby.
 
Recollections of the Medina Aboriginal Cultural Centre, which celebrated it’s 40th Anniversary on
the 8th December 2013. Elders and community members explain the significance of this organisation
which has provided a range of activities and services to the Noongar community in Kwinana for 40 years.
 
0043 - Djaru Community
 
The Shadforth family grew up in Derby and surrounding communities in The West Kimberely, WA.
Shadforth women share stories of growing up, family histories, and connection to Country. Passed
family members experienced Bungarun, the Leprosarium.
 
Prominent Wadjuk Elder, Yurleen Dorothy Winmar tells stories passed down to her from her grandmother.
Yurleen was born in the bush in Pingelly in 1936 and lived in an Aboriginal community for most  of
her life.She speaks about her love of bush tucker and porcupine meat.  Yurleen introduces  us to the book
co-written with her husband Ralph Winmar-  ‘Walwaling Noongar  Language and Culture’.
They wrote the book to help Nyoongar childrenlearn about their language and culture.
 
Adam Fernandez grew up in a mixed marriage between an Aboriginal woman and a Portuguese man
from India. Reared in Carnarvon and educated at a Catholic Convent school, he was segregated from
the  non-Aboriginal students. Adam shares his memories of growing up in times of war and meeting 
his family from Beagle Bay in the Kimberley. Recorded at his much loved West Swan property,
on the outskirts on Perth, amongst his cattle.
 
 
0003 - Heading Bush
A humorous and entertaining tale of three elderly brothers from Carnarvon who share stories of the
area while going out on a prospecting trip.
 
0004 - Collie River
his is the account of two contrasting stories of Noongar life in the 1950's around the Collie River.
Life at the Government run Roelands Mission juxtaposed with what was happening across
the river with the Burekup Gravel Pit Mob.
 
0005 - Freo Yorgas
 
Carol Pettersen guides us through significant locations of her childhood and adulthood.
Stories stretch from Gnowangerup to Albany including the Gnowangerup mission, Hassell
Homestead and Albany Gaol.
 
0007 - Tatitjarra
Tatitjarra, a senior Ngaanyatjarra lawman, speaks about how much Gibson Desert country means
to him. An articulate andpoetic story teller, he recalls life as a young child roaming  with his
parents across  their country as one of the last nomadic family groups to live in remote 
Central Australia.
 
0008 - Yinhawangka
The Yinhawangka people have maintained the Dreaming stories of the Central Pilbara for thousands
of years.  Joyce Injie tells Dreaming Stories including "Two Sisters", "28 Parrot" and "Dingo",
also singing in the Yinhawangka language.
 
0009 - Gabriel Dolby
At the age of 10 Gabriel Dolby was taken away from his family at Beagle Bay and raised in the Derby
Leprosarium at Bungarun. Now in his 80's, he recalls a life of overcoming adversity having spent
50 years at the Leprosarium as patient then an employee.
 
The Bennell sisters share their journey, through artwork and telling stories from their childhood.
We travelto Pingelly, Pumphreys Bridge and other places they resided with their parents.
They also recorded stories from their grandparent's country.
 
0011- Pintirri
 
0012 - Karla Kuliny
Karla Kuliny is the Kickett Family's story on their connection to Nyungah Boodja in the southwest.
The family's elders reveal their historical experiences of living and working around the Dryandra area,
this includes their cultural, spiritual, ceremonial and family kinship base.
 
0013 - Yagan
 
0014 - Vilma Webb
Vilma talks about her childhood experiences. For example, she recalls her father, Jimmie Gillespie,
being posted as a coast guard at Canal Rocks rather than being sent to war so that he could care
for his children. Vilma claims Jimmy was an unsung hero who saved Australia from a German
invasion by discovering their spies.
 
0015 - Keller Fellas
The Kellerberrin Noongar community shares stories about life on the Djurn Mission Reserve,
Noongar contributions to the local farming industry and stories from the old camp/town site at Kwoylin
 
0016a - Bush Babies
Noongar women from Quairading and Badjaling share birthing stories from the Badjaling Reserve.
They explore the role of Noongar midwives within the community and the bush hospital
that the women built to deliver babies out on the reserve.
 
The Njaki Njaki people from Merredin host a Back to Reserve event; they invite those who were
raised on the reserveand their descendants to camp at the old site where they share their
stories and experiences of growing up.
 
0017 - Badimia
Badimia people take us onto Country telling their stories, maintaining and strengthening culture, language
and traditions. Their matriarch Bilgwyi, reflects on Badamia in the 21st Century.
 
In 1994, doll and craft making workshops in Narrogin were undertaken to revive Noongar fibre crafts in the region.
Doll -making helped these women to learn and re-connect to the local history and tradition of their culture. Doll-making
workshops, originally lead by artists Nalda Searles and Pantjiti Mary McLean, trigger memories and  strengthen
connection to Noongar culture. Narrogin dolls are included in State and National Art Gallery collections.
 
Muggudgurra is the big hairy bumblebee that nests in the ground in clay pans of the Kennedy
Ranges in the Gascoyne Region. ‘Muggudgurra’ is the name of the Burrowing Bee
in the Yinggarda/ Balyungu/Thudgarri language. Or ‘Jardabardy’ in Baihyngu.
 
Wongi children in the Goldfields learn to develop exceptional tracking skills while learning to identify
the names of different animals and edible plants. Language teachers talk to the importance for the younger
generation to be speaking language and learning how to track.
 
0021 - Albany
 
Doreen Nelson, Dorothy Jetta, Dennis Jetta and Bruce Jetta talk about their family's experiences
living on Government Native Reserves from the 1930’s until the 1970’s. They describe some
of the difficult circumstances and issues they faced and how traditional cultures and customs
have survived over the years. The family travel to Kellerberrin and explain the significance
of sites to their family history.
 
A return- to- country trip for the Brown family, of reconnection and tracing story-lines. The story follows
Georgina and Ben Brown, their Uncle Geoffrey Stewart and other family as they return to their country in the
Gibson Desert. They recall a remarkable chapter of family and local history, when in 1976
they were 'found' by a party of white-fellas acting on behalf of worried relatives in Wiluna.
 
0024 - Shane Pickett
The life and story of Nyoongar artist Shane Pickett (RIP), with recollections from his family and friends.
We follow Shane’s life from childhood days in Quairading, Yoting and Tammin. Shane took his role
as cultural custodian very seriously, recording the stories of his Elders on canvas. The film reveals
Shane’s struggles as a shy Nyoongar man with Rheumatoid Arthritis who overcame many obstacles
to follow his dream and become a world-renowned artist.
 
Senior Law Man Peter Clancy, sings traditional songs and tells traditional stories of Dreaming
tracks that traverse Mangala and Yawuru country.
 
0026 - Frank Ozies
Frank Ozies was born in Broome Western Australia in 1930. His mother Daisy Fitzgerald, was Stolen
Generation from the Halls Creek area. His father Filipe Ozies was born in Broome to Cecelia and
Antonio Ozies who married in the Catholic Church in 1909. Frank shares his stories and describes
the Djugun people, their language and country.
 
The Karrajarri/Yawuru side of the Roebuck Bay Massacre story is recorded for the first time.
Jimmy Edgar and the Nyagah-nyagah family group are the key storytellers for this story.
They recall the resistance of Karrajarri and Yawuru people, and the impact
of the massacre, which is recorded in police files.
 
0028 - Angus Wallam
Robyn Smith Wally interviews Noongar Elder Angus Wallam, aged 82- years old. They discuss
Angus’ early life at Moore River Native Settlement, relocating to Wagin, and the transition
to Carrolup Mission, in Katanning.
 
0029 - Healing Songs
Through following the lead up to the launch of the ‘Healing Songs’ CD, community members
from  Kellerberrin and Quairading share their experiences and motivations for writing these
“Healing Songs” and reveal the stories behind them.
 
0030 - The Dabungool Family
 
Nola Campbell, known as Nungala, takes us to the clay pans, wells and rock holes of her youth in the
Gibson Desert and reveals their Dreaming stories. She reminiscences of her life growing up in the desert
and recalls that she appeared in a 1960’s ethnographic film as a beautiful “big girl”/young woman, 
travelling with her family through her homeland and bringing water to the surface from a hand- dug well at
TikaTika in a heavy wooden bowl.
 
Patjarr women artists are filmed on their traditional lands in the Gibson Desert. This film features a core
group  of artists of the Indigenous arts centre, Kayili Arts, gathering local materials to create exceptional
original artworks, which are sold and exhibited nationally through the art centre. Grasses are gathered to weave
baskets and animals; cut roots for artefacts and paintings on canvas reveal birthplaces.
 
The cultural and historical importance of the Woodstock Abydos Protected area (WAPA)
in the Pilbara region of Western Australia is revealed and told through the eyes of respected Elders.
 
0034 - Cape Riche Stirling Ranges
 
0035 - Bandy Creek and Lake Warden
 
0036 - Peter Yu
Peter Yu, a prominent Indigenous leader from the Kimberley region of Western Australia, reflects on
his political career, from the tumultuous times of the 1970s til the present. A period that heralded 
the recognition of Aboriginal rights in the political and legal domains and the conflicts and
challenges that emerged from this recognition.
 
0037 - Toby Smirke
Respected senior Jurruru elder Toby Smirke, talks about the historical significance of Aboriginal
stockman and their connections to Country.
 
Charmaine Green the journey and exploration of issues affecting Aboriginal people, culture and country in WA's
Midwest,  as seen through the eyes and work of Charmaine Green, an academic poet and artist.
We are taken on a physical and biographical journey from her birthplace, to her hometown, Mullewa,
out to her traditional country and the burial sites for her passed family members.
 
0039 - Cedric Jacobs
(TRAILER)
 
Stories from three senior Thudgarri women from the Yamatji region in the Midwest.They explore
their early life on thepastoral stations, their mission schooling and the pathways
they have taken to navigate between Aboriginal and Non- Aboriginal culture.
 
 
Shark Bay's traditional Indigenous families share previouslyunrecorded cultural stories
of this unique world heritage area.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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