Indigenous Stories Through Song

Image Credit: ABC
Clare Kenny
| July 31, 2017

Young Indigenous students in Queensland have created songs and accompanying music videos, designed to celebrate and share their cultural stories.

Teams of students from all around Queensland worked with Josh Arnold of Small Town Culture to deliver the ‘Identity Matters’ project. The students involved hail from Catholic schools in Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Logan, Ipswich and Cairns. Each group of students had 3 days to create their song as well design, perform and record their music video.

The songs and videos created helped convey aspects of Indigenous student identity, especially related to Indigenous heritage and culture. The videos have been shared between participating schools and are being circulated on social media.

One of the songs created as part of the project is ‘Feel the Fire’ by students from Rockhampton. It has just been released and has already received over 2,000 views on YouTube.

Of the project, Small Town Culture’s Josh Arnold says:

“We really hope people keep sharing the videos because it’s about inspiring young Indigenous people to feel pride in their culture…but also for non-Indigenous people to recognise there’s a beautiful, rich culture here that they can share with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

For more information on the Identity Matters project, see article by ABC’s Jodie van der Wetering.

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