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Aboriginal culture apps
Please note: These First Nations apps were available at the time I added them to this listing, however, the app market can move fast. If you notice an app is no longer available, please let me know so I can update this page. Thank you!
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.
'Melbourne Dreaming' is designed for self-guided tours of historical and contemporary places of Aboriginal significance throughout the city of Melbourne. You can spend from 30 minutes to a day exploring the city via GPS-enabled maps and contextual audio.
You can plan your trips to suit your available time, by locality or interest or find general information about facilities, opening hours, cost, public transport and links to useful websites.
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.
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.
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.
The free Ngarandi app helps you unearth stories from the Aboriginal people who lived in the Sydney area. It uses geolocation and augmented reality to help you build a nawi (bark canoe) and learn how to fish like the Eora fisherwomen.
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.
The Yalinguth app is an audio experience reflecting the oral tradition of First Nations peoples. It aims to connect you to historical firsthand accounts to raise empathy, respect, and community connection.The app uses geo-located stories and sounds to take you on a journey through time. Elders guide you along the journey. Audio cues help you navigate, with a simple map showing your location and where to find stories, songs and poems.
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.
Kriol is spoken across the Kimberley region of Western Australia and in a belt across the Northern Territory centred around Katherine. It is Australia's largest Aboriginal language with some 30,000 speakers.
‘Kulila!’ is a Pitjantjatjara word for ‘listen up!' The app helps you learn the Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra languages.
Kundjeyhmi is one of several dialects used in the Northern Territory, between Kakadu in the west to the Liverpool, Mann and Cadell River regions south and south-east of Maningrida. The dictionary has more than 4,000 entries, with illustrative sentences, audio recordings and a verb conjugator.
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.
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.
My Grandmother's Lingo (Marra)
My Grandmother’s Lingo is a website that uses voice-activated gaming technology to connect users with the story of Angelina Joshua, a passionate and determined young Aboriginal woman from East Arnhem Land’s remote Ngukurr community. Angelina is fighting to save her traditional language, Marra, after both her father and grandmother have passed away.
After each scene in the story, users can speak words in Angelina’s language into their microphone. This allows them to continue to the next scene and unlock key chapters in the story. The journey ends with a ‘heat map’ which allows users to pin their location, illustrating how many people across Australia and around the world have listened to Angelina’s story and been inspired to learn, or learn about, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
My Grandmother's Lingo (Get your headset on! Hosted on SBS)
Nari Nari Dictionary
This app helps you learn words of the Nari Nari language from the Riverina region of New South Wales.
NSW AECG Languages App
This language app allows users to explore four NSW languages: Bundjalung, Gamilaraay, Gumbaynggirr and Wiradjuri. Paakantji and Murrawarri languages are planned to be added later.
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.
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.
iBobbly is a social and emotional wellbeing self-help app for young Aboriginal people aged 15 years and over. The app is private and confidential and helps by showing you ways to manage your thoughts and feelings, as well as how to decide what is important in your life. iBobbly is shaped by Aboriginal community members to ensure that it is culturally informed and safe.
MyMob encourages positive communication to help you build a stronger family. You can share private messages (via a virtual fridge), calendars and other information with your mob. The app offers message boards, a kids zone, family diary and resources for all kinds of situations. You can set up profiles for each member of your family and have more than one mob at a time – great for grandparents and blended families.
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.