The success of a television program featuring traditional Indigenous storytelling aimed at children has led to a second series being produced and screened by ICTV.
Viewers of ICTV will be able to enjoy a new episode of Our Bedtime Stories 2 next Tuesday August 4 at 7:30pm, to mark National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day.
Our Bedtime Stories first screened in 2018, presenting stories for children in language, using traditional storytelling techniques together with animation, music and film.
The new series follows a similar format, with each episode a separate story presented by cultural storytellers using traditional techniques with several stories supported by lively animations.
ICTV General Manager Rita Cattoni said Our Bedtime Stories builds on ICTV’s commitment to strengthening and preserving language and culture.
“The first series was a great hit, popular not just with children but also with adults who enjoy the traditional stories as much as the young ones.
“There are 20 episodes in this second series of Our Bedtime Stories, filmed in remote locations including Goulburn Island, the Pilbara, Ti Tree, Kalgoorlie, Tennant Creek and Wilora.
“Some episodes have been produced by ICTV collaborators such as Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media – PAKAM, Barkly Regional Arts and Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre.
“This has supported the development of skills and economic opportunity in these communities.
“Our Bedtime Stories also features the original music of Thomas Saylor and opening animation artwork from Pormpuraaw Art & Culture Centre, Moa Arts in Queensland, and Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre in Yirrkala.”
Ms Cattoni said the series was an engaging way to impart language and cultural knowledge to younger generations.
“With the storytellers using their traditional techniques, the series also promotes the importance of elders as holders of knowledge, lore and culture.
“Episodes are in 11 languages – Warumungu, Kunbarlang, Mawng, Gija, Gooniyandi, Yulparija, Ngaanyatjarra, Ngadju, Wangkatja/Ngaanyatjarra, Anmatyerre and Katyeye.
“The stories themselves tell about how animals and landscapes came by their particular features, such as why the crow is black and how the bluetongue lizard got its black feet.
“The first episode is Winkarra Jurttanti (Grandmother made of stone) told by Rosemary Plummer(OA) from Barkly Arts.”
The screening will start at 7.30pm Tuesday August 4.
The entire second series of Our Bedtime Stories 2 will be launched later this year and screened on ICTV and ICTVPlay.