Aboriginal culture apps
Welcome to Country
The Welcome to Country app helps you understand the local history of Aboriginal people and the traditional custodians of the land you’re currently on.
The aim of the app is to acknowledge the 500 nations that existed in Australia before settlement. It’s a good app to help students and teachers tell you whose country they live or learn on.
Using GPS tracking you be welcomed to country with a video from a local elder, and often the video introduction includes a speech or dance.
NACCHO : Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands
This app made by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) helps you find an Aboriginal health service, find hotlines from Ambulance to Women’s Health, and browse a list of all current AFL Aboriginal players.
Sharing the Dreaming
Sharing the Dreaming is a window into Aboriginal culture: the culture of the Nyoongar, the traditional custodians of Australia’s South-West. Listen to Dreamtime stories, illustrated by images of paintings in the local style. Hear and learn Nyoongar words and their English language translations.
Soundtrails helps you explore places of historical significance while you’re physically walking them, but you can also explore them remotely. The app covers several that are of Aboriginal significance and related to the Freedom Rides, Aboriginal diggers and Myall Creek massacre.
Aboriginal Sydney app
The Aboriginal Sydney app is a companion to the Aboriginal Sydney book, and allows you to explore Sydney’s Aboriginal heritage. It provides a glimpse of the vitality, diversity and complexity of Sydney’s Aboriginal life and historical and contemporary culture. It’s also an alternative social history.
Traditional Wiradjuri Culture
This app explores the culture and traditions of the Wiradjuri People. The app includes chapters on shelters, bush resources, tools, weapons and traditional art. Learn about Wiradjuri culture through detailed text, interactive activities, videos and beautiful images.
Trakka will keep you informed about Aboriginal cultural events, sites and services in any location throughout Australia. Featuring a calendar of local events and festivals, links to relevant local services and info on key local significant Aboriginal sites, Trakka will keep you up to date and connected with Indigenous culture. The app includes a direct chat forum for each local region.
Virtual Songlines – Meanjin
Brett Leavy is an immersive heritage specialist, virtual historian and artist. His passion to educate about Aboriginal history let him to recreate the real environment for mapping Aboriginal culture and heritage with Virtual Meanjin.
The game transports players 300 years into the past, to an Australia prior to invasion. It looks similar to World of Warcraft and is based on extensive research into what Brisbane and Sydney’s landscapes looked like at the time. The game carefully considers everything from the topography and plants to the documented historical names and customs of the local indigenous population of the period.
Aboriginal media apps
93.7FM Koori Radio 2LND is Sydney’s only Aboriginal full-time community radio station broadcasting a mix of local, international and assorted Aboriginal music from around the world and across Australia.
Aboriginal story-telling apps
Gunditjmara Story Books
Set of six interactive digital story books featuring traditional stories from the Gunditjmara people, the Traditional Owners of south west Victoria, Australia.
These stories feature Gunditjmara languages: Dhauwurd Wurrung, Peek Wurrung and Keerray Woorroong
Illustrated by students at: Warrnambool Primary School, Warrnambool East Primary School, Merrivale Primary School and Heywood & District Secondary College
Healesville High School - Dreamtime Stories
Under the guidance of Aunty Joy Murphy, our Wurundjeri elder, students undertook an intensive 2 days of Dreamtime story telling, culminating in 4 Dreamtime stories told through striking artwork and narrated in the students’ own voices. In the app you can swipe through and immerse yourself in these four beautifully told traditional stories, tap on the pictures to explore different elements and find out how to say them in Wurundjeri.
Ngurrara – Australian Aboriginal Storybook
Ngurrara follows the journeys of three young Australian Aboriginal Ngarluma men as they fish, hunt and carve their own stories. It is set on Murujuga (Burrup Peninsula) As the landscape, the people and culture change over millennia, one thing remains the same, the Ngarluma people ‘were always here.’
Ringbalin – River Stories
In 2010 the Ringbalin, a group of Indigenous tribes reignited an ancient ceremony, a Ringbalin, travelling 2300km, dancing to save Australia’s Murray Darling Rivers from a crippling drought. By the time they had finished rain had started falling. What followed were the biggest floods in Australian records.
Warlu Song – Australian Aboriginal Storybook
A spirit man journeys with a terrifying serpent, ripping up trees with an angry wind, smashing the land with floods and changing the country forever. Continuing the Aboriginal oral tradition, this story was dreamt by a songsmith and is here sung in Yindjibarndi and spoken in English.
Yugambeh – Australian Aboriginal Storybook
Yugambeh Aboriginal language from the Gold Coast, Logan and Scenic Rim regions in Queensland, at your fingertips for educators, visitors and community. Includes audio, dictionary and pictionary files. Developed by the Yugambeh Museum to re-invigorate use of their traditional language.
Explore and learn the language and culture of the Barngarla people, search in Barngarla and English or images. The Barngarla dictionary is changing the way people learn language and connect with culture.
FirstVoices Keyboards app
FirstVoices is an Aboriginal typing app with hundreds of Aboriginal languages available.
Prior to invasion there were about 250 different languages, only 145 of which are still spoken today. The app helps Aboriginal people regain the everyday use of their heritage languages by texting, typing, sending emails, creating documents and using social media in their traditional languages.
It includes languages from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US.
‘Kulila!’ is a Pitjantjatjara word for ‘listen up!’ The app helps you learn the Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra languages.
Gamilaraay and Yuwaalaraay are languages from inland eastern Australia, from northern New South Wales and the very south of Queensland.
Ma!Gamilaraay is a dictionary and phrasebook of these languages. Many of the words are spoken by Arthur Dodd and Ted Fields, Yuwaalaraay speakers who were recorded in the 1970s. They were the last people with extensive knowledge of either language. Other words and the phrases are spoken by contemporary learners of the languages.
The Ma! Iwaidja app is an initiative of the Minjilang Endangered Languages Publication project. Anyone interacting with the language in any way, including Iwaidja speakers becomes an instant documentary linguist. Adding a new word with transcription is as simple as adding a new contact to your Contacts list.
The Mamang app helps you learn the Nyoongar language of Western Australia.
Miriwoong is the name of the Miriwoong people and their endangered language. The Miriwoong are the traditional owners of the lands around Kununurra in Western Australia and stretching about 100km into the Northern Territory.
This app includes a dictionary of 1,400 Miriwoong words and phrases including audio support, a learning area with games and an “Explore” section where users can discover the vocabulary by categories/topics. The “About” section features interesting background information and a link to the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre (MDWg), the creator of this language resource.
Mutti Mutti Dictionary
The Mutti Mutti app helps you learn this language from the Kulin nation of the Murray Lower Darling Rivers.
Nari Nari Dictionary
This app helps you learn words of the Nari Nari language from the Riverina region of New South Wales.
NT Languages – Anindilyakwa
A flash card language app developed by the Northern Territory Library comprising everyday words and phrases in Anindilyakwa and English. This app is a bilingual literacy tool for people in Anindilyakwa communities, as well as English-speaking workers and visitors to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The Wajarri Dictionary app features the Wajarri language, traditionally spoken in the Murchison region of Western Australia, and is now spoken throughout the wider Midwest.
The app features almost 2,000 Wajarri words. Each word has an English translation, as well a detailed description, including cultural and natural information (where available). Audio recordings with syllable breakdown to assist with pronunciation accompany all entries. Users can add entries to ‘Favourites’ to assist with language learning and to enable easy access to commonly used words.
Learn the language of the Wiradjuri people of central New South Wales.
The Wonnarua language belonged to Aboriginal people living along the inland area of the Upper Hunter Valley, New South Wales.
Explore the language of the Yawuru people from Broome in Western Australia. Browse their dictionary, or just explore via categories. Find out some helpful common phrases for use around town or get stuck into learning the language via a series of word games.
The app caches the content locally, so you can use it offline. Every time the app launches it attempts to retrieve the latest updates from the team at Mabu Yawuru Ngan-ga.
Yitha Yitha Dictionary
The Yitha Yitha app helps you learn this language from the Kulin nation of the Murray Lower Darling Rivers.
Yugambeh Museum’s language app. Built to re-invigorate the use of traditional languages by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members and close the educational gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
The Deadly Tots App contains information for every Aboriginal family to help their toddler learn and grow: You can add photos of your child and create a memory book, choose captions, add contacts for local services, and let the app send reminders on immunisations and blue book checks to you.
Museum and collection apps
Indigenous Australian: Art Gallery of New South Wales
Indigenous Australian: Art Gallery of NSW lets you explore a selection of artists and artworks from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection. View high-quality images in extraordinary detail, discover stories of the artists and the art, get simple explanations of art terms, and go behind the scenes with interviews and videos.
Ranging from bark paintings to photography, sculpture to shell work, weavings to watercolour, the app includes work by significant artists such as Emily Kam Ngwarray.
AIATSIS Collections Search app
With this app, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) helps you access its collections. You can search the catalogue, download items, manage your account, and find suggested reading.