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Ancestors Words

Ancestors’ Words Podcast: Part 2

Welcome to the second part of the Ancestors’ Words podcast!

Drawn from our eighth Online Special Issue, ‘Ancestors’ Words’, we are delighted to present recordings from the contributors, in a lovely outcome of a project that unites letters written by Noongar people in the State Archives with the descendants of the letter-writers. As guest editors Kim Scott and Elfie Shiosaki (Editor for Indigenous Writing at Westerly) note of the stories created, ‘[they] honour the courageous agencies of the letter writers and we come to know the imprint of their words on our own’ (Editorial).

Now, the contributors have brought their writing to a further audience through the Ancestors’ Words podcast! Here, the rich voices featured in the Online Special Issue are made resonant in the hearing, with written material brought into the moment, and further nuances and emotions evoked. We are very grateful to the five contributors for further sharing their stories in this way, bringing to life the archive, and a more truthful and fruitful way of engaging with history. Thanks to Irma Woods, Elfie Shiosaki, Jeannie Morrison, Darryl Kickett and Cassie Lynch for your passion and generosity in sharing your stories!

Listen to Part Two here, (or follow the link below to listen to Part One).

Part One of the Ancestors’ Words podcast can be found here.

The Ancestors’ Words Project is based at Curtin University and funded by the Australia Research Council. Westerly would like to acknowledge support from the Australia Council, Culture and the Arts WA (the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries), and the University of Western Australia in the publication of the ‘Ancestors’ Words’ OSI and podcast.

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  1. […] Click here for Part Two of this podcast, with Jeannie Morrison reading her moving story, ‘Jack and Ruby’. […]

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