Gija Community

Program Overview

Community Group/s

Gija Nation


2017 - onwards


Gija Country

Final work

Language App/Mentoring: 2019 - ongoing

Jirraginy joo Goorrarndal: Frog and Brolga

Multi-touch Book: 2020
Animation: 2021
Interactive Display Panel, Boola Bardip WA Museum: 2021
Online Adaptation, Boola Bardip WA Museum: 2021
Teacher Resources:
Jajoo Warrngara 2022

Thirringgenji doo Joowijgarneny: The Owlet Nightjar and The Bowerbird

Multi-touch Book 2023

“Nganangarri, (the story of the great Dreamtime spirit) comes from the old people. We pass it onto the younger generation so they can give it life in the future”.

Betty Carrington, Gija Elder

The Gija Nation and language group started working with SharingStories Foundation in 2017 supporting the community goal, everyone strong in Gija. The storytelling program supported the passing and the creative interpretation of the creation story of Jirraginy joo Goorrarndal: Frog and Brolga. Led by Gawarre (Bungle Bungles) Traditional Owner and Gija Elder, Shirley Drill, the work was a continuation of the story from the Sharing Our Stories print book produced with SharingStories founder, Liz Thompson. Purnululu School students alongside dedicated custodians, teachers and SharingStories facilitators created a stunning bilingual multi-touch book and animation which won the Australian Teacher of Media award for the 'Best Middle School Animation'.

The Gija community has:

Over the next year, the Gija community will:

  • continue Digital Storytelling Programs, supporting the recording and interpretation of Gija culture and stories
  • launch Thirringgenji doo Joowijgarneny: The Owlet Nightjar and The Bowerbird multi-touch book and animated film nationally
  • document the Texas Downs Joonba with Elders and students from Purnululu Aboriginal Independent Community School


Community Members
Shirley Drill (Senior Custodian/Storyteller/Creative Director) Zoe O'Hara (Community Facilitator), Bessie Daylight (Community Facilitator), Paul Butters (Community Facilitator) and Corrie Baxter (Community Facilitator).


Delivery partners:

Delivery Partners - Jarraggirrem
Delivery Partners - Purnululu
Delivery Partners - Warmun