Students in Alice Springs have worked with senior community advisers and language experts on an exciting project to create Australia’s first set of Indigenous emojis – or indigemojis.
The indigemojis were developed during digital art workshops held over the summer school holidays at the Alice Springs Public Library in the lead up to the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
The app was then developed by Ingeous Studios in Cairns, supported by InDigiMOB and the Northern Territory Government.
Senior Arrernte advisors, a team of youth workers and Indigenous artists assisted the students create the indigemojis.
‘It’s a chance to grow digital skills, while sharing Arrernte language and culture in a whole new way.
‘Each emoji has been carefully thought through. We want our kids to feel that their language and culture is relevant and that they have opportunities in this digital world.’
The emoji’s represent the Eastern and Central Arrernte dialects spoken around Mparntwe/Alice Springs, Amoonguna, Ltyentye Apurte/Santa Teresa and Titjikala.
In the first week, the app was downloaded 30,000 times and was ranked number one Social Networking App in Apple's App Store.
Indigemojis include a boomerang, a love heart and crown in the colours of the Aboriginal flag and are now available to download for free.