Dust Echoes from Arnhem Land

Dust Echoes, a series of twelve animated Aboriginal dreamtime stories from Central Arnhem Land in Australia, is hosted on ABC, telling stories of love, loyalty, duty to country and aboriginal custom and law. The project is a collaboration between ABC, Deakin University, Djilpin , Arts Aboriginal Corporation, Warmun and local storytellers, musicians and artists in Central Arnhem Land.

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Whirlpool Song

Sacred part of the Limmen Byte river where the people make no sound. A Yirritja story told in the Mara language. Animated at People’s Republic of Animation, directed by James Calvert.

Mermaid

A song man finds himself living with mermaids under a waterfall. He discovers he must make a choice… A Dhula story told in the Mialli language. Animated at People’s Republic of Animation, directed by James Calvert.

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Brolga

Old Victor, a song man, is searching for his dreaming body. A Dhuwa story told in the Rembarrnga language. Directed and Animated by Suren Perera in partnership with Studio Moshi.

Morning Star

The camp has experienced its first death. The ceremony of birth, life and death must begin. A Dhuwa story told in the Rembarrnga language. Directed and Animated by Suren Perera in partnership with Studio Moshi.

Namorrodor

A shooting star crosses the night sky. In the blink of an eye Namorrodor is awake. A Yirritja story told in the Kriol language. Animated at Vishus Productions, directed by Luke Jurevicius.

The Curse

The spirit of the Namorrodor is summoned by the witchdoctor. A Yirritja story told in the Dalabon language. Animated at Vishus Productions, directed by Luke Jurevicius.

Moon Man

Before the moon was in the sky, he was a man who was proud of his sons, until they disrespect him. A Dhuwa story told in the Rittharngu language. Animated at Vishus Productions, directed by Luke Jurevicius.

The Be

Two brothers set out to find out what has been terrifying the camp. A story passed on by Jimmy Wesan in the Dalabon country. Animated at People’s Republic of Animation, with director James Calvert. Music was composed and performed at Vishus Productions.

Spear

A man makes a spear that makes the witchdoctor jealous. A Yirritja story told in the Dalabon language. Animated by Nathan Jurevicius.

Wagalak Sisters

The Wagalak sisters once created the landscape. Then they lost it all. A story told in the Rittharngu language. Animated at Transience, directed by Dave Jones.

Bat and Butterfly

A brave and skilled man kidnaps a girl and takes her away from the camp, bringing consequences for himself and the whole clan. A Dhuwa story told in the Rittharngu language. Animated at Transience, directed by Dave Jones.

The Mimis

A young boy follows the Mimis as they emerge from the underworld to prepare the land for the next day. A story from the Dhuwa moiety at Wugularr (Beswick) Community. Animated at Transience, directed by Dave Jones.

There are three interactive games on the site, Wagalak Garden, Hive Alive! and Frog Game.

Credits

The ABC New Media and Digital Services team included director Lynley Marshall, head of content Ian Vaile, producer/writer Michael Wagner, project officer Natalie Lapham, video editor Mark King and project officer Natalie Lapham. The website was produced and written by Michael Wagner, with interface design by Dale Smart, HTML development by David Ninham and Geoff Pack, goodie designer Tali Gali-on, specialist developer Wolf Cocklin, and pdf designer Dita Harper.

The Deakin University team included project manager Adrienne Campbell, with video recordings coordinated by Ian Redfern (Jumbuck IT), audio recordings by Adrienne Campbell.

The Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation team included indigenous consultant Tom E. Lewis, coordinator Fleur Parry, storytellers Vera Cameron, Victor Hood, Glynn Wesan, Jimmy Wesan, Pamela Weston, illustrators Peter Lindsay, Pamela Weston, didjeridu artists Freddy Cameron and Ricky Ashley.

The Warmun team included indigenous consultant Sade Carrington, storyteller Sade Carrington, cultural facilitator Jennifer Field, and illustrator Sade Carrington.

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