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Yijala Yala Project
9 Dec 2014
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The Yijala Yala Project is a long-term, inter-generational cultural arts project based in the Pilbara region of Western Australia created by Big hART for and with the community of Roebourne. The Project is one of several projects funded by Woodside-operated Pluto LNG through a Conservation Agreement with the Commonwealth government that highlight, present, transmit, manage, conserve and research the incredible cultural heritage values of the Burrup Peninsula (Murujuga) and the Dampier Archipelago.
Working alongside and guided by the traditional custodians, the Yijala Yala Project uses arts and digital media skill-building to engage young people and create desire to engage in cultural heritage maintenance and transmission, while assisting the community to interpret living cultural heritage in contemporary, innovative and creative ways. Artforms presented include theatre, music, film and interactive storybooks.
The Yijala Yala Project seeks to highlight cultural heritage as living, continually evolving and in the here and now, rather than of the past, and works with community members to create content and develop skills that assist in communicating their cultural heritage to a wide audience. The name Yijala Yala was chosen to reflect the focus of the project: Yijala means ‘now’ in Ngarluma; Yala means ‘now’ in Yindjibarndi – the two dominant Aboriginal languages spoken in Ieramagadu (Roebourne).
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Education Indigenous Justice Young People DIgital Arts Film and Video Music Software Development Storytelling Theatre Advocacy
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