The Minyerri Arts and Cultural Centre are proud to announce the release of The Alawa Colouring Book, a unique teaching recourse designed for children to create cultural awareness and strengthen use of the regions traditional Alawa language.
The centre provides the community with an inclusive space to explore and foster creative projects. This creative language initiative emerged in response to Elders' aspirations to preserve and revitalise the traditional Alawa language in the community, especially amongst the younger generation.
“Language gives us strength” comments Naomi Wilfred, Traditional Owner and respected Alawa Elder
Elders and Artist from the Minyerri Arts and Cultural Centre collaborated with Enterprise Learning Projects (ELP) to develop the colouring book to engage and teach the traditional Alawa language to their children, as well as sharing their culture with other children around the world.
“Language preservation is a priority for the Minyerri community, Elders know that language strengthens connection to culture. Research has shown that reviving traditional language in Aboriginal communities has lead to a stronger sense of identity and improved mental health”.
“It’s a terrible tragedy that over 150 traditional Aboriginal languages have been lost, so it was a privilege to work along side the community to produce the colouring book “
“The Australian Government Department of Social Services Communities for Children Initiative facilitated by the Smith Family, Katherine Region also played a major role in funding the initiative” comments Sarah Barrow, ELP Enterprise Facilitator.
The Alawa Colouring Book can be purchased online and via the Minyerri Arts and Cultural Centre and supporting retails partners.