A Nyikina creation story. Bilingual and interactive, English/Nyikina.
This Stories from Country multi-touch book is bilingual and available in two options; Nyikina language first with the option to switch to English, or English language first with the option to switch to Nyikina. This version is set to English first.
Woonyoomboo The Night Heron is a story shared by Senior Cultural Custodians of the Nyikina community in the Kimberley region, Western Australia. A rich cultural story, it teaches of the journey of Woonyoomboo, a major Creation Ancestor for the Nyikina people. On his travels Woonyoomboo named and created all things for the Nyikina including the mighty Fitzroy River, leaving songs, stories and law at important and sacred sites.
SharingStories Foundation collaborated with the Nyikina community to create this innovative multi-touch book, transferring skills to young community members who support cultural continuity and the interpretation of ancient stories using new arts media. All animations have been produced by young community members involved in SharingStories’ Digital Storytelling Programs. The practice, involving over 100 community members and multiple trips to Country, was guided and directed by Senior Cultural Custodian Annie Nayina Milgin, with Darraga Watson. The cultural knowledge relating to Woonyoomboo was passed to Annie by her father Darby Nangkiriny.
Filled with important Nyikina teachings about Country, Law, and Ceremony, the book contains original artwork, animations, soundscapes, songs, language and spoken word versions of the story in both English and Nykina. It includes a dynamic interactive map housing drone footage, songs, photographs and drawings relating to 26 important sites on Nyikina country.
Senior custodians, young people and community members have joined together with SharingStories Foundation to produce and share this unique insight into Nyikina Country, culture and story.