A note on copyright !

Please respect the material posted in this site. Photos and video’s and all images are copyright protected. These photo’s and video/stories were made during the Hopevale project and I have permission to use them in this project. However the Community ultimately holds them as part of their archival project for future generations. Please do not use these photo’s or any material on this site without contacting the community or myself first. You can of course show this site and use it for educational purposes.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that references and images of deceased people may appear in the following stories.

The stories that make up this collection were made with the Guugu Yimmithirr Bama (people) at Connie’s Beach – Cape Flattery, Cape York, Queensland, Australia. They were made during a three-week Digital Story Telling (DST) workshop from the 14th September – 5th October 2008.

Guugu Yimmithirr Kayak Sea Warriors

Sea Country Conservation

Memorial Journey to Lizard Island

Muni Day 2008

Weaver Story – Clever with Hands

Ashley at Cape Flattery

Caralyne – Trip with Pelican

Ride ’em high – Coleridge Bowen

Palms of QLD – Coleridge Bowen

Starky – Trip to Pelican

JJ’s Story

Connie’s beach – Jamie Lee

Abbay’s Story

Alita Yoren

Hazel’s Story

Chad Camping Trip

Mason Gibson Bowen

Myiesha Cobus – Waterhole and the Secret Cubbyhouse

Aurora and Natalie Davey – Sand Story

Slide Show

The DST program was undertaken as part of the Pelican – Hope Vale Project now in its 5th year. The “DST” component began as a pilot project in 2007. The 2008 DST program was supported by the State Library of Queensland and Arts Queensland. The program also forms part of Samia Goudie’s PhD research undertaken through Southern Cross University supported in by the CRCAH Co- operative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health.

There was much good will and support given to this program by all who were involved in the beach camp. Special thanks goes to the Traditional Owners and all the Elders who were with us at Connies Beach. To Des and Estelle Bowen who have championed the Pelican – Hope Vale project and helped form a unique partnership between the Hope Vale community and Pelican Expeditions. Thanks to Natalie Davey her work in co-creating this project with Samia Goudie and all the crew of Pelican, the 63-foot catamaran that undertakes marine environmental projects on the east coast of Australia.

Thanks to the State Librarian, Lea Giles –Peters from the State Library Queensland for contributing staff, equipment and technical support. Thanks to Shirley Costello from the Hope Vale Indigenous Knowledge and Technology Centre for her support and to all the DST Team who helped shape the idea and assist participants in making the stories.

Special thanks also goes to all the participants who so generously shared their lives and Country with us all. A big thank you to Speak Out and Stylin Up regional who became a part of the project in the final week and helped participants craft music and narration and helped make some deadly meals. To all the many other people who came and contributed in any way: from making tea , to yarns, helping with tents , driving for supplies , keeping us laughing and making us food. To the dancers and wonderful group from the Hope Vale Cultural Centre, thanks for all your sharing of language and culture, may it stay strong!

YOU know who you are and we thank you!!!

The stories have been made by people of all ages in the community, from as young as six to Elders, most of whom were making their first digital stories.

These stories will be kept for future generations as part of an archiving process for the Hope Vale Community through a partnership with the State Library of Queensland. The DST team hopes to support the community to develop and enhance their skills to maintain, document and archive the Guugu Yimmithirr people’s rich and living Culture.

The DST program and DVD is produced in partnership with:

Hope Vale Elders and Pelican Expeditions, State Library Queensland, Arts Queensland and the “CRCAH “Co-operative research centre for Aboriginal Health.

Concept and Design:

Samia Goudie and Natalie Davey

Editing and DVD Production:

* Samia Goudie
* Natalie Davey
* James Leech
* Gaia Films – Cover layout and copies
* Toni-Jayne Northcott

Sound, music and mixing:

* DST trainers and participants
* Speak Out and Stylin UP Regional team, DST trainers and participants in stories Including special mentions Cryil McGreen, Coleridge Bowen and Estelle Kefford

The Speak Out crew who assisted with musical pieces, composition , sound Engineering and Mixing on specific tracks were

* Melania Jack. melaniajack@gmail.com http://www.myspace.com/melaniajack
* Patty Bom patty_bom@yahoo.com.au

Speak Out and Stylin UP Regional team for further contacts;

* Angelina Hurley angelina@speakout.com.au
* Becky Bligh becky@speakout.com.au
* Jade Lillie jade@speakout.com.au

The Digital Storytelling (DST) team:

Digital story trainers:

* Natalie Davey Pelican Expeditions
* Samia Goudie – Researcher SCU and Digital storytelling consultant
* Toni-Jayne Northcott – Digital Storytelling Consultant tjn872@gmail.com
* James Leech – State Library Queensland


* Participants of the Hope Vale /Pelican project Connies Beach Cape Flattery – listed individually on Stories.

Please contact us for permission to use this work other than for educational purposes. Please respect the copyright.

For further information on this project you can contact:

* Pelican Expeditions: info@svpelican.com.au
* Samia Goudie: samiastories.wordpress.com Email: samiagoudie@gmail.com
* Hopevale community: hopevale.wikispaces.com/Pelican+Digital+Stories


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  2. Hey Samia, just wanted to say hi and say thank you for the fantastic chat the other day – particularly just after a horrible visit to the dentist and after all the other crappy things you’ve had to deal with!! Deb wants me to say hey as well – she was so inspired by meeting you. Also found she’s her transfer to Curtin Uni for her masters has been accepted – so perfect timing. Please let us know if we can ever help you in any way and if you ever need to get away for a break we would love for you to come down for a weekend to unwind – and perhaps have a few wines and share some food…

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