Oral storytelling is an important part of Indigenous Australian cultures.
“Oral history is an integral part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and beliefs as it’s how creation and culture stories, such those of The Dreaming, historical accounts, traditional ecological knowledge, and language are passed on from generation to generation and have been for thousands of years, therefore oral history and traditions are an unavoidable form of narrative when researching Indigenous cultures,” wrote Patricia “Chent” Gwatkin-Higson in a 2018 research paper.
With the global conversation still centred on the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s time to look at how we can change and as a society, do better for the Indigenous people of Australia.
Using oral storytelling and audio to learn more about Indigenous cultures across the country is a fitting way to approach your self-education. Below, we’ve listed a few podcasts that will start you on your educational journey. This is merely a starting point and we will continue to update this post.
— Word Up
Produced by the ABC and presented by Daniel Browing, a Bundjalung and Kullilli man, ‘Word Up’ takes you a journey through “diverse languages of Black Australia from Anmatyerre to Arrernte, from Bidjara to Bundjalung, from Nyungar to Ngaanyatjarra, from Yankunytjatjara to Yorta Yorta — one word at a time.”
Each episode ranges from four minutes to 10 minutes, so you can listen to a bunch in a short amount of time. Each episode asks guests to choose a word from their language and talk about the meaning behind it.
Hosted by Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell, this series is a commentary on life and was created to “challenge traditional perceptions of Indigenous Australia.”
Produced by BuzzFeed Australia, the team is no longer producing new episodes of ‘Pretty For An Aboriginal’ but the back catalogue of episodes are available to stream and are interesting, informative and funny.
You can find ‘Pretty For An Aboriginal’ on Apple Podcasts.
Hosted by Dominic Guerrera, a Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna and Italian man, and Sasha Smith, a Boandik woman, this is the Aboriginal Sexual Health podcast. Guerrera has been working in the Aboriginal Health Sector for over a decade, while Smith is a sex worker, making the information in this series extremely informative and important.
Hosted by Dr. Chelsea Bond and Angelina Hurley on 98.9FM in Brisbane, the radio show is converted into audio files for your listening pleasure. Dr. Bond and Hurley offer opinions on the latest current affairs and issues of interest as well as what made them wild that week.
The interview with the host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, is a particularly good listen, as both Hurley and Dr. Bond educate Noah on why his comments about Aboriginal women from a 2018 stand-up routine were completely unacceptable.
Listen to ‘Wild Black Women’ here.
Hosted by Karla Grant and produced by SBS NITV Radio, this podcast is a “national focus on news, events & issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.”
Produced by ABC Radio National and hosted by Daniel Browning, ‘AWAYE!’ tells “stories about Aboriginal arts and culture from across Australia — as well as highlighting great radio from Indigenous broadcasters around the world,” according to Australian Audio Guide.
A regular segment in this radio show is ‘Word Up’, the podcast mentioned above. You can listen to the ‘Word Up’ segment in ‘AWAYE!’ episodes, or on there own. Find this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and the ABC Listen app.