'Ramo Dhawu' - A podcast series
Reinforcing culture and country through digital place-making.
by Ryan Malcolm 17 Aug 2018
A promising partnership between the CDI, Bula’bula Arts Centre and the Australian Government has reaped $200,000 in funding, which will be used to co-design and produce a community-based podcast series entitled ‘Ramo Dhawu’, based out of the Ramingining community in NE Arnhem Land and broadcast in both Yolngu Matha and English.
Led by the CDI’s Dr Samantha Edwards-Vandehoek, and with an initial grant providing funding over the span of 2 years, ‘Ramo Dhawu’ will allow for the preservation of traditional oral storytelling, cultural arts practices and a range of Yolngu languages, including Djinang, Ganalbingu and Gupapuyngu, while also promoting new avenues for digital art and youth creativity for young adults living in NE Arnhem Land.
“Podcasting is a form of participatory media that engage with user-generated content… and through ‘Ramo Dhawu’ we will foster intergenerational, peer-to-peer and intercultural knowledge sharing,” said Dr Edwards-Vandenhoek.
“Its participatory nature also affords space for young people to build cultural confidence through the mutual exchange of ideas and language learning and by playing an active role in the creating and disseminating of their own content.
The product of previous deep research into place-making strategies in the Ramingining community, the podcast poses an opportunity for the development of conversations and relationships in new media, in order to further strengthen traditional culture and connection to country in NE Arnhem Land, the foundations for which have already been laid.
While working with Bula’bula Art Centre through a Swinburne Indigenous Studies Research start-up grant, Dr Edwards-Vandenhoek was involved in the development of a locally-driven digital place-making project for the Bak’bididi cultural festival, exploring community capacity, building social capital and initiating digital innovation.
“Place-making is about engaging people in dialogues about things they may want to do and shift in terms of the way they perceive and engage with their environment in the longer term… the place-making space is a kind of shared experience that sets up conversations and relationships”.
Her continued collaboration with Indigenous designers and cultural educators through ‘Ramo Dhawu’, (which roughly translates to ‘Stories from Ramingining,’) is part of Dr Edwards-Vandenhoek’s wider research focus around cultivating the application of Aboriginal design principles and culture-based innovation in a young generation.
Information on Professor Edwards-Vandenhoek's previous work in the Ramingining community is available here: https://bit.ly/2OHTbB3