Message Stick Project team on The First Inventors

Still image of Dr Lorina Barker at the Australian Museum from the First Inventors documentary

Australian Message Stick Project team members appeared on the groundbreaking four-part documentary series The First Inventors, simulcast by NITV (SBS) and Network 10. The relevant excerpt is below: NITV has claimed that it is their most successful original commission ever. It has been rebroadcast on Apple TV, and on BBC Select (where it is titled … Read more

Message sticks in The Conversation

Banner image from The Conversation article with the head line "What are message sticks? Senator Lidia Thorpe continues a long and powerful diplomatic tradition

Piers Kelly and Wunyungar (Alwyn Doolan) have collaborated to write an article about message sticks for The Conversation. Wunyungar is famous for having walked 8500 kilometres carrying three message sticks for the Prime Minister. Piers and Wunyungar kept in contact between Germany and Australia during his epic walk.

Language on the Move interview

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 Ingrid Piller interviewed Piers Kelly about message stick research. You can listen to it here or on podcasting apps. Ingrid also wrote an excellent accompanying blog post: “What can Australian message sticks teach us about literacy?“ “Now imagine aliens landing on earth and starting to collect mailed letters. […] They might also miss that the artifact … Read more