Toni Pollard transcript

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The views and opinions expressed in this recording do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Logan City Council. Logan City Council does not make any representation of the accuracy of any such views and opinions.

Wendy Barling:

The views and opinions expressed in this recording do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Logan City Council. Logan City Council does not make any representation of the accuracy of any such views and opinions.

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Deadly Digital Communities logo with handprint.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers and listeners should be aware that this narrated story may contain names, images and voices of deceased people.

Robert Ah Wing:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers and listeners should be aware that this narrated story may contain names, images and voices of deceased people.

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Our words our stories.

A Nyeumba-Meta language story by

Toni Pollard

Recorded on the 25th of September 2019

Robert Ah Wing:

Our words our stories.

A Nyeumba-Meta language story by Toni Pollard

Recorded on the 25th of September 2019

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On the left is the Deadly Digital Communities logo (comprising of the words and a large white handprint on the top). In the centre of the screen is an image of a smiling Toni Pollard wearing a black printed t-shirt featuring the white Deadly Digital Communities logo.

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Toni has worked at Logan City Council Libraries for 23 years. She actively volunteers for the Yarning with our Mob and Dreamtime Yarning programs. Toni has lived in the City of Logan for 30 years.

Toni Pollard:

Logan City Council respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands across the City of Logan and extends that respect to Elders past, present and emerging. For they hold the memories, the traditions, the cultures and hopes of Australia's First Peoples.

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On the left is the Deadly Digital Communities logo (comprising of the words and a large white handprint on the top). In the centre of the screen is an image of a smiling Toni Pollard wearing a black printed t-shirt featuring the white Deadly Digital Communities logo.

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Visit loganlibraries.org/firstnations to view and listen to Our words our stories language recordings.

Toni Pollard:

2019 is the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages. Throughout the year, Logan City Council Libraries has partnered with Queensland Narrating Service to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to narrate their own language stories on digital recording equipment. This project is titled Our Words our stories. There are many community representatives living in Logan, or with connections to this city, who have a knowledge of a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. The Our words our stories digital recording project explores how language relates to each person's unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memory. Providing the creator is happy to share their story with the wider community, Our words our stories digital recordings will be accessible through the Logan City Council website and Nyeumba-Meta Collection.

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On the left is the Deadly Digital Communities logo (comprising of the words and a large white handprint on the top).  In the centre of the screen is an image of a smiling Toni Pollard wearing a black printed t-shirt featuring the white Deadly Digital Communities logo.

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The Nyeumba-Meta story by Toni Pollard

Toni Pollard:

This is the Nyeumba-Meta story. Nyeumba-Meta is a space and collection at Logan Central Library, which aims to foster respect for Australian Indigenous cultures.

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Nyeumba-Meta was named to reflect the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Aboriginal – Yugambeh Language

Nyeumba (Nigh-yoom-buh): Teaching or learning

Torres Strait Islander – Meriam Mer language

Meta (Met-uh): House

Toni Pollard:

Nyeumba-Meta was named in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of Logan, to reflect the Yugambeh and Torres Strait languages. ‘Nyeumba’ in the Yugambeh language means ‘teaching’ or ‘learning’, while ‘Meta’ in Meriam Mer language means ‘house’.

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On the left is the Deadly Digital Communities logo (comprising of the words and a large white handprint on the top).  In the centre of the screen is an image of four people sitting in the Yarning Circle in the Nyeumba-Meta space, at Logan Central Library. There is a large Indigenous artwork on the wall behind the Yarning Circle. Two men can be seen in the back reading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection items.

Toni Pollard:

The Nyeumba-Meta space includes a collection, yarning circle and artwork. The collection was donated to the Logan City Council Libraries in 1998 when the Indigenous Education Unit based at Woodridge State School was closed.

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On the left is the Deadly Digital Communities logo (comprising of the words and a large white handprint on the top). In the centre of the screen is an image of Aunty Eileen Williams.

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Aunty Eileen Williams of the Yugambeh people

Toni Pollard:

Aunty Eileen Williams of the Yugambeh people wished to ensure the collection remained available to the wider community of the City of Logan.

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On the left is the Deadly Digital Communities logo (comprising of the words and a large white handprint on the top).  In the centre of the screen are two images of acrylic on glass artworks, titled “Platypus Dreaming” and “Serpent Dreaming” created by Joshua Cutmore.

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Joshua Cutmore, Platypus Dreaming, acrylic on glass. Nyeumba-Meta Collection

Joshua Cutmore, Serpent Dreaming, acrylic on glass. Nyeumba-Meta Collection

Toni Pollard:

In 2012, a new donation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander items for children was given to the collection by the Salvation Army, Communities for Children, Logan. The collection includes books, DVDs, newspapers, artefacts, art, teaching material, puzzles and games.

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On the left is the Deadly Digital Communities logo (comprising of the words and a large white handprint on the top). In the centre of the screen is an image of artworks displayed at the Nyeumba-Meta space and a close up image of an acrylic on glass artwork titled “Tropical Flowers” created by Mayanne Watson.

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Mayanne Watson, Tropical Flowers, acrylic on glass. Nyeumba-Meta Collection

Toni Pollard:

These can be used by educational institutions to inform students about Indigenous customs and history. All library members, too, are welcome to borrow items from the collection.

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Visit loganlibraries.org/firstnations to find our online resources

Toni Pollard:

The collection also includes online resources.

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On the left is the Deadly Digital Communities logo (comprising of the words and a large white handprint on the top).  In the centre of the screen is an image some of the Nyeumba-Meta Advisory Group members sitting around a table outside of Mayes Cottage in Kingston.

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Some of the Nyeumba-Meta Advisory Group, meeting at Mayes Cottage in Kingston, 2019.

Toni Pollard:

Our Aunties and Uncles digital stories, records the stories of four significant elders in Logan in their own voices. The elders were selected through consultation with the Nyeumba-Meta Advisory Group.

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On the left is the Deadly Digital Communities logo (comprising of the words and a large white handprint on the top). In the centre of the screen there are images of Aunty Flora Cook, Uncle Reg Knox, Aunty Robyn Williams and Aunty Eileen Williams.

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Our Aunties and Uncles

Aunty Flora Cook

Uncle Reg Knox

Aunty Robyn Williams

Aunty Eileen Williams

loganlibraries.org/firstnations

Toni Pollard:

The stories of Aunty Eileen Williams, Aunty Robyn Williams, Uncle Reg Knox and Aunty Flora Cook, were filmed and recorded during 2013.

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On the left is the Deadly Digital Communities logo (comprising of the words and a large white handprint on the top).  In the centre of the screen is a collage of Valentine Hare, Jack Pollard and the Watego brothers, George and Murray.

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Black Diggers of Logan

loganlibraries.org/firstnations

Toni Pollard:

The Black Diggers of Logan project commemorates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who fought alongside their comrades during the First World War, despite not being officially accounted as people of their own nation. Viewers can explore the stories of Valentine Hare, Jack Pollard and the Watego brothers, George and Murray: four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen, as told by their descendants living in Logan.

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On the left is the Deadly Digital Communities logo (comprising of the words and a large white handprint on the top).  In the centre of the screen, there are images of presenters Aunty Jeanette Fabila, Gregg Dreise and Anita Heiss. Toni Pollard is the bottom centre photo, reading to a child at Dreamtime yarning.

Toni Pollard:

Regular events are held in the Nyeumba-Meta space throughout the year. Yarning with our mob is a family-friendly program which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Held once a month, the sessions include guest speaker presentations, Dreamtime stories for children, music, dance, art, bush tucker, cooking demonstrations or just informal brainstorming of ideas and ‘deadly’ news stories.

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On the left is the Deadly Digital Communities logo (comprising of the words and a large white handprint on the top).  In the centre of the screen is an image of two community elders, Aunty Betty McGrady and Aunty Peggy Tidyman, holding up award plaques from the 2014 Logan City Council’s Logan Loves Volunteers event.  The Logan District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Elders received the Davida Steele Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteer Community Organisation. On the right is the Logan District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Elders logo.

Toni Pollard:

Sessions are presented by the Logan District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Elders and library staff.

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On the left is the Deadly Digital Communities logo (comprising of the words and a large white handprint on the top).  In the centre of the screen is an image of participants attending Nyeumba-Meta Reading Circle, holding up books from the Nyeumba-Meta collection.

Toni Pollard:

The Nyeumba-Meta Reading Circle is a free book club that meets monthly at Logan Central Library. This book club is committed to raising awareness of the shared history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and non-Indigenous people.

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On the left is the Deadly Digital Communities logo (comprising of the words and a large white handprint on the top).  In the centre of the screen, there is an image of community, staff and Nyeumba-Meta Advisory Group members, attending an Indigenous voices session.  Underneath, to the left, there is an image of Uncle Barry Watson, and to the right, there is an image of Aunty Robyn Williams with COLBIE (City of Logan Bot for Innovative Engagement).

Toni Pollard:

The Indigenous voices program introduced the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, to celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Each month, a different language is explored and participants have the opportunity to learn wordlists, to create their own short story and language, using digital and print resources.

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On the left is the Deadly Digital Communities logo (comprising of the words and a large white handprint on the top).  In the centre of the screen is an image of a smiling Toni Pollard wearing a black printed t-shirt featuring the white Deadly Digital Communities logo.

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The Nyeumba-Meta story by Toni Pollard

Toni Pollard:

Thank you for listening to the Nyeumba-Meta story.

Logan City Council gratefully acknowledges the time, resources, stories and support of the following: Toni Pollard from the Nyeumba-Meta Advisory Group, other members of the Nyeumba-Meta Advisory Group, Robert Ah Wing (Logan City Council Libraries Deadly Digital Communities Project Officer), the Queensland Narrating Service for providing digital recording equipment, sound production and quality assurance.

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The Our words our stories project is a Deadly Digital Communities program supported through funding from the State Library of Queensland and Telstra.

(Telstra logo, State Library of Queensland logo, Queensland Government logo)

Dream big with State Library of Queensland and Telstra in partnership with Indigenous Knowledge Centres and local councils.

Robert Ah Wing:

The Our words our stories project is a Deadly Digital Communities program supported through funding from the State Library of Queensland and Telstra. Dream big with State Library of Queensland and Telstra in partnership with Indigenous Knowledge Centres and local councils.

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The Our words our stories project is in recognition of the United Nations International Year of Indigenous languages.

(International Year of Indigenous Languages logo)

Logan City Council Libraries acknowledges that language heritage and knowledge always remains with the traditional owners, elders, language custodians and other community members of their respective language nation.

Robert Ah Wing:

The Our words our stories project is in recognition of the United Nations International Year of Indigenous languages. Logan City Council Libraries acknowledges that language heritage and knowledge always remains with the traditional owners, elders, language custodians and other community members of their respective language nation.

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Logan City Council gratefully acknowledges the time, resources, stories and support of the following:

Toni Pollard from the Nyeumba-Meta Advisory Group

Nyeumba-Meta Advisory Group

Robert Ah Wing - Logan City Council Libraries’ Deadly Digital Communities Project Officer

Queensland Narrating Service - for providing digital recording equipment, sound production and quality assurance

This recording features didgeridoo music performed by Gregg Dreise.

Robert Ah Wing:

Logan City Council gratefully acknowledges the time, resources, stories and support of the following:

Toni Pollard from the Nyeumba-Meta Advisory Group, other members of the Nyeumba-Meta Advisory Group, Robert Ah Wing (Logan City Council Libraries Deadly Digital Communities Project Officer), the Queensland Narrating Service for providing digital recording equipment, sound production and quality assurance.

This recording features didgeridoo music performed by Gregg Dreise.

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For Mobo Jarjum - tomorrow's children.

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Copyright 2019. Logan City Council.

Robert Ah Wing:

For Mobo Jarjum - tomorrow's children.

Copyright 2019. Logan City Council.

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