This project explored digital storytelling as a creative forum for supporting Victorian Aboriginal young people’s identities, while promoting digital literacy and multimedia skills.
The project expanded the traditional digital storytelling approach, moving away from the first person linear narrative, to support the imaginative and creative potential of participants, alongside the creative capacity of technology. Using state-of-the art and everyday technologies, including mobile devices such as iPads uploaded with digital art and animation apps, participants created stories that resonated with their ideas of contemporary Aboriginal youth culture.
A collaborative and participatory research methodology, supported community-based and situated learning, which incorporated digital storytelling workshops and exhibitions. This approach fostered intergenerational dialogue among Aboriginal mentors and young participants, and was central to the success of the project. The overall aim of the project was to advance the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal youth as they navigated their identities through an expanding online and digitally connected world, while providing sustainable, culturally aware models for the production, distribution and collection of contemporary digital expressions of Aboriginal culture.
The project was supported by the Korin Gamadji Institute at the Richmond Football Club, from where young people were recruited for the project.
- Aboriginal Knowledge, Digital Technologies and Cultural Collections: Policy, Protocols, Practice, Melbourne Networked Society Institute Research Paper 4, October 2016 (pdf: 7.5mb)
- Telling Our Stories: Aboriginal young people in Victoria and Digital Storytelling, February 2014, (pdf: 1.5MB)
- Keeping Intouchable: A community report on the use of mobile phones and social networking by young Aboriginal people in Victoria, August 2012, (pdf: 4.2MB)
- A/Prof Scott McQuire
- Dr Fran Edmonds
- Dr Richard Chenhall
- Dr Michelle Evans
- Ms Kimba Thompson
- Ms Helen Simondson
- Ms Christine Evely
- Mr Jim Rimmer
Australia Research Council, Linkage Project