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Stories from the First Nation Australian communities of Canberra
Calling all First Nations Australian mob living in Canberra! We want to know how you relate to Ngunnawal country, and what your connections are to Canberra. Are you Ngunnawal or Ngambri? Or do you come from further afield? From all walks of life, aged 5 to 100, if you can yarn we’d love to hear from you.
Connection to Country is at the heart of most First Nations Australian culture and we want to celebrate Canberra-based mob. If you’re local, how do you connect to your country? If you’re not, what’s it like living on someone else’s land?
We want to yarn with everyone and anyone, and get your stories recorded for exhibition in 2020 at Belconnen Arts Centre. We want recordings of you studying, working, playing, dancing, writing, singing, teaching, exploring, connecting, expanding, any way you can think of. We want to have as wide a range of people as possible in as many different ages, roles, countries, hobbies, etc. As such, we may not be able to talk to everyone, but priority will be given to those who answer first through the form below, and:
- Are okay with being recorded on a green screen, and
- Are available to do filming between 30 May-5 June 2019
If you don’t want to be recorded, but still want to be a part of the project, there are multiple ways to contribute. We’re all very different peoples and cultures, so we’re open to your ideas. We want to include people in whatever way they wish to be included; if you don’t want to be filmed, would you like to contribute a short written piece, artwork or audio recordings? Please make sure for written or audio works, that it be no longer than 3 minutes. Inclusion of different languages is encouraged.
About the artists >
Lisa Fuller is a Murri woman from Eidsvold, Queensland, who has been living on Ngunnawal Country since 2006. She is currently doing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Canberra. A publisher and editor by trade, she has won the 2017 David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer, the 2018 Varuna Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship, the 2018 Copyright Agency Fellowships for First Nations Writers and placed second in the 2018 Feminartsy Memoir Prize. Her first novel, Ghost Bird, is due out in October 2019.
Marissa McDowell was born in Cowra NSW and has been living on Ngunnawal Country since 1984. She is a Wiradjuri woman from her father’s side and Irish, English with a dash of Welsh from her mother’s side. She has recently received her Master’s in Business at the Australian Film and Television Radio School AFTRS researching the preservation and continuation of Indigenous Language. She is an independent producer of Black & White Films and has worked with Indigenous communities telling their stories through documentary film making, photography and writing. Her documentaries have been screened at Dendy Cinema, displayed at the Festival of Pacific Arts, National Museum of Australia, Tuggeranong Arts Centre including Charity Film Fest for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and screened on NITV. Her poetry and short stories have been published in Overland, Maori Literary Journal, Us Mob Writing UMW Too Deadly, Our Voice Our Way Our Business, A Pocketful of Leadership in First Nations Australia Communities and her photographs exhibited at PhotoAccess.