February 5, 2014

Now that it’s February the new year is well and truly under way. Chynna, Stu and Wah are back on deck at Yijala Yala Project HQ and Stu reports in on what’s coming up for the Project…

A sneak peek of what's to come!

A sneak peek of what’s to come. Thanks Stu!

“A cyclone hit Roebourne over the xmas break, trees were thrown around, satellite dishes torn from buildings. It was a frightening experience indeed but rest assured we are safe and energised for the new year. The Love Punks, Satellite Sisters and Big hART team have a beautiful new story in production called ‘The Echidna and the Dress’. It’s a magical story based on real events from the life of Troy Eaton, a Nyangumarta man from Mingullatharndo Community. Troy’s family, his wife Denise and children William, Claude, and nephews Maverick and Sidney have all been a huge part of the Yijala Yala Project digital stories over the last 2 years. The boys all star in NEOMAD and Denise and Troy have been big supporters of the project, helping us to inform the narrative and ensure it respects cultural protocol. ‘The Echidna and the Dress’ is about Troy’s totem the echidna, and the important role the echidna plays in connecting him to his grandma. It’s also a story that crosses time and country spanning from the Yandeyarra community to Port Hedland to the Rio Tinto Iron Ore operation down at Dampier Port. We won’t give too much away now, but look forward to some more updates soon. We had four Love Punks and Satellite Sisters in the Yijala Yala office yesterday and we’ve already began colouring the first few pages.”

In other news, the ABC will be up in Roebourne in the coming weeks to talk to the Love Punks, Satellite Sisters and Big hART team about the creation of our other digital stories NEOMAD, Warlu Song and Ngurrara. We’ll let you know how it goes!

L to R: Wimiya Woodley, Stuart Campbell, Max Coppin, Rochelle Wally and Dannette Wilson get together for the first media workshop of 2014.

L to R: Wimiya Woodley, Stuart Campbell, Max Coppin, Rochelle Wally and Dannette Wilson got together yesterday  for the first digital media workshop of 2014.

Leave a comment