Representing Indigenous Cultural Expressions through Animation: The Yanyuwa Animation Project

Amanda Kearney, John Bradley, Brent Mckee, Tom Chandler

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This paper discusses an effort at knowledge maintenance and re-presentation of Australian Indigenous culture through the use of animation: the Yanyuwa Animation Project, led by Amanda Kearney, John Bradley, Brent McKee, and Tom Chandler. The Project was inaugurated in 2007 by the Yanyuwa community of northern Australia and is ongoing, but Bradley and Kearney have worked collaboratively with Yanyuwa families for thirty years and twelve years respectively and have co-authored several works together and with Yanyuwa Elders over the last seven years. Bradley has been Supervisor and Director on the Project since its inception in 2007, whilst Kearney and Chandler have acted as Project Supervisors. As Senior Animator and Art Director, McKee has been responsible for the Project’s art direction, concept, character design, background design, and post-production. To date we have produced three DVDs, released in the years 2009, 2010, and 2011, with financial assistance from the Sidney Myer Foundation, Besen Family Foundation, Australian Research Council, the Northern Territory Government, and the Alan and Elizabeth Finkel Foundation, with administrative support from Monash University, Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-29
Number of pages26
JournalAnimation Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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