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"Indigenous stories, stories of place": Making digital stories with youth in Bundaberg

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posted on 2023-10-31, 23:46 authored by Sasha MackaySasha Mackay
This article describes a digital storytelling project involving Indigenous high school students in regional Queensland. ‘Indigenous Stories, Stories of Place’ was delivered by Bundaberg-based arts company Creative Regions and comprised a series of life storytelling and digital media skills-development workshops, concluding with a public screening of young people’s personal narratives. This article outlines the project’s practices, the challenges experienced, and the outcomes for the project’s participants, facilitators, and partnering organisations. The project is an example of some of the challenges and limitations of digital storytelling in institutional contexts such as schools, yet also demonstrates the continued value of the form as a means of fostering feelings of self-worth and occasioning self-representations from underrepresented groups. This article provides many points of interest for community arts organisations and practitioners working in the fields of digital storytelling and life narrative.




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