Sharing Aboriginal voices with the people of Japan

Opening today in Japan!

Congratulations to Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages  and students of Thornbury Primary School Australia, whose digital book “How the Platypus was Made” features in the World Exhibition “Digital Ehon de Hirogaru Sekai Exhibition” at Children’s Discovery Center Hachirabo (Tokyo, Shibuya).

The messages on the display are:

“At a primary school in Australia, children learned their indigenous culture and language in the form of an interactive digital story book.  The story is from the Wurundjeri people, Traditional Owners of the area, and tells of how the Platypus came to be. The Elders were invited to the school and shared their culture and stories to the younger generation. The stories were translated and children then created illustrations and recorded the narration of the story, in both Woi wurrung and English. The digital children’s book is published on a global basis, introducing its culture to the wider audience. 

Biladu-njan warr-ngat Japan  Yarwinboo’dek ngaga-ngat gulinj-ik ngulu  Ngoon godgin
Greetings Japan.  Enjoy hearing my people’s voice
Mandy Nicholson, Wurundjeri descendant Project Officer & Woiwurrung Language Specialist, Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages”

Download the enchanting digital book the children created, free at