Celebrating Stories, Cultures and Languages: Indigenous Literacy Day, Wednesday 7 September 2022

Celebrating Stories, Cultures and Languages: Indigenous Literacy Day, Wednesday 7 September 2022

Celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day with Jessica Mauboy!

Would you like to see a video featuring Jessica Mauboy, and learn some Aboriginal languages from kids in remote Communities? We have a really exciting event for you!

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation has a celebration every year called Indigenous Literacy Day. This year, they will be hosting an online event on Wednesday, September 7 that explores Stories, Cultures and Languages with two of our Ambassadors, Jessica Mauboy and Gregg Dreise, as well as kids from remote Australia.

This 20-minute video is about two kids, Derek and Dean, and their friends. Derek is from Milikapiti and Dean is from Jilkminggan in the Northern Territory, the top part of Australia.

Jeffrey and Derek from Milikapiti, Tiwi Islands

To celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day, the boys get on a phone call and suddenly Jessica Mauboy joins, making them really excited. The boys teach Jess the words to ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ in their languages, Tiwi and Mangarrayi. Then, author and performer Gregg Dreise joins and teaches them the song in his language, Gamilaraay Yuwaalaraay.

Sharinda Dingle with Dean Conway (Centre) with Dean Rory and Tishaun Conway
From Jilkminggan, Northern Territory FaceTiming the Tiwi mob

Jessica Mauboy in a Sydney studio catching up with ILF staff members Lisa and Tictac, and Derek and friends in the Tiwi Islands

Everyone is super excited as they sing together with the boys, Gregg and Jess!

Don’t miss out on joining in on this awesome event, where you will even learn some new words in new languages.

The event is hosted on the Sydney Opera House website. Once you register, you will receive a link closer to the date which will go live at 10.30am on Wednesday 7 September. The link will be available to you for the next 90 days to watch again and again.

Sign up today at ilf.org.au/ILD.

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    Gregg Dreise
    About the author

    Gregg Dreise

    Gregg Dreise grew up in south-west Queensland in a large family that loves music, art, sport, culture and family. He is very proud of his Kamilaroi and Euahlayi heritage. The Kamilaroi and Euahlayi peoples’ lands extend from south-west Queensland into north-west New South Wales. Culture, music and storytelling have run through his family’s blood since time began. Gregg is a talented storyteller who uses didgeridoos, guitars, laughter and high-energy performances to pass on culture, unity and wisdom through his educational talks. He is on a journey to get right around Australia to share his stories and learn more about the ancient and diverse histories and cultures of this beautiful country. He is fully aware that all of our cultural roots help strengthen the assortment of unique and proud Australians that we all become.

    Books by Gregg Dreise

    Anita Heiss
    About the author

    Anita Heiss

    Dr Anita Heiss is an award-winning author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, children’s novels and blogs. She is a proud member of the Wiradjuri Nation of central New South Wales, an Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, the GO Foundation and Worawa Aboriginal College. Anita is a board member of University of Queensland Press and Circa Contemporary Circus, and is a Professor of Communications at the University of Queensland. As an artist in residence at La Boite Theatre in 2020, Anita began adapting her novel Tiddas (S&S, 2014) for the stage. Her novel Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms (S&S, 2016) set in Cowra during World War II, was the 2020 University of Canberra Book of the Year. Anita enjoys eating chocolate, running and being a 'creative disruptor'.

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