PITJANTJATJARA SITE 2005-2009
The Ninti site is an online Pitjantjatjara language and culture learning website which accompanied the Ngapartji Ngapartji theatre show. It was an Australian first – an online digital indigenous language learning site and comprised of short films made by Pitjantjatjara young people alongside Big hART artists. Language learning groups sprung up nationally and practiced Pitjantjatjara before coming and seeing Ngapartji Ngapartji when it toured through their cities.
Young Pitjantjatjara speakers have built this course from the ground up, with the support of workshops coordinated by artists and community workers. In the process young people have developed skills in design, multimedia, communication, film and literacy. With the support of their elders, they are sharing their language and culture with you through the Ninti site.
Your journey into Pitjantjatjara culture and language is made through short films or songs that have been produced by community members and artists. Each clip or song is accompanied by a handy list of Pitjantjatjara words with their English meanings, pronunciation guides and guided worksheets (for when you want to get really serious!)
By engaging with the language and cultural material online, you get a basic introduction to Pitjantjatjara and an understanding of some vocabulary and key concepts. But because this isn’t your average ‘language course’, you’ll be learning simple words and grammar through personal stories about the lives, country, history and culture of the Pitjantjatjara community.
Images: Belinda shoots the Bush Bands Bash 2009, Beth Sometimes. Banners from Ninti site by Makeshift.