Tyson Mowarin from production company Weerianna Street Media has created an app that will tell you the Indigenous history of the area you’re in. The App is called Welcome to Country and is an educational app aimed at school children.
“The aim is to get Welcome to Country out there, so Australians are acknowledging the 500 nations that existed here before settlement," said Mowarin.
The app uses GPS to find the user’s exact location to pin point the indigenous history of the area. A local elder will welcome the user via video. The welcome will be followed by a traditional dance or speech – a tradition that has been practised for thousands of years.
The app is a formal acknowledgement of the traditional owners and designed to educate the younger generation about the native flora, fauna and language of that region.
Considering indigenous Australians make up only 460,000 of Australia’s 24 million population (roughly 2.4 per cent) the app is an important tool for preserving the indigenous way of life.
Today only 200 Indigenous languages remain spoken in Australia, with 20 of those endanger of being completely lost.
The app Welcome to Country is an important storytelling and education instrument for the younger generation of Australians.
Download the Welcome To Country app here.