Nyikina Community

Program Overview

Community Group/s

Nyikina Nation


2017 - onwards


Nyikina Country

Final work

Woonyoomboo: The Night Heron
Multi-touch Book: 2020
Animation: 2022
Teacher Resources: 2022
Interactive Display Panel: 2021-2022

The Nyikina Mangala cultural custodians and the broader Jarlmadangah Community in the West Kimberley region have worked with SharingStories Foundation over many years to help record and creatively interpret the story and knowledge of Woonyoomboo: The Night Heron.

The Woonyoomboo project began in 2006 when SharingStories founder Liz Thompson and Senior Nyikina Cultural Custodian, Annie Nayina Milgin, collaborated on a print version of the story. Annie shared the story as it was passed to her by her father Darby Nangkiriny. The story tells of how Woonyoomboo brought the Nyikina world into being and where he lived and travelled.

The Woonyoomboo project has continued to evolve over many years. Since 2013, participants on Nyikina Country have been bringing the story to life using a wide range of digital arts and media skills transferred during SharingStories Digital Storytelling Programs. Currently, SharingStories continues to work with the Nyikina Community and delivery partners to grow local knowledge and help young people learn about Country and culture.

Over the next two years the Nyikina Community will be:

  • launching the Woonyoomboo: The Night Heron multi-touch book and teacher resources locally and nationally
  • continuing to create entries in the Language App
  • mentoring young language worker, Jennifer Milgin
  • curating many years of media into an interactive display panel for the Walalakoo Keeping Place
  • raising funds to complete language, design and curation for a new multi-touch book about living with the land, seasons, bush tucker and bush medicine

Community Members
Annie Nayina Milgin (Senior Custodian/Storyteller), John Darraga Watson (Senior Custodian/Storyteller), Jennifer Milgin (Language Mentee) and Leela Watson (Language Mentee).


Delivery partners:

Delivery Partners - Nyikina
Delivery Partners - Yiriman