Multi Media Mentoring Training Program 

In October 2015 the FWLC initiated filming cultural activities around the West Coast area, which will include West Coast languages, to create resources and tools for language revitalisation and restorations.

Funding was obtained from Ministry of Arts in 2014-15 to expand on earlier work of an existing educational resource book entitled “Wardu-gu Wirn” (Going for Wombat) Miller, Monaghan et al 2007. The paper based educational language resource has provided an excellent tool in raising awareness and understanding of the people of the Far West Coast of Eyre Peninsula people of South Australia, and the cultural traditions and practises of hunting and cooking this very unique animal under customary cooking techniques.

The FWLC felt that it was time to move from hard cover illustrated books into “real life” visual and audio recordings of hunting and gathering, to deliver a more consistency and cultural specific education through immersion in language revival and maintenance work.

Resources of this nature would ensure the learning continuity through “real life” visual awareness and education, and encourage cultural grounding within the lives of the children. Based on existing community ideas, FWLC has produced 5 visual/audio series being:

  • Hunting for Wombat – Wardu-gu Wirn – Wirangu Language;

  • Making Artefacts – Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara (Yalata/Oak Valley Languages);

  • Gathering Sleepy Lizards – Mirning Language;

  • Seafood Collecting – Mixed Languages; and

  • Bush Supermarket – Gugada Language

Working with FWLC, local Community members and filmmaker Dave Laslett we have developed and completed 5 short documentary films of  activities practiced in and around the Ceduna area and incorporated local languages within the region into these short films to allow for language learning.