Celebrating NAIDOC Week with Indigemoji

Kwertare (crown) image from the Indigemoji app. (Courtesy of Harold Thomas and WAM Clothing) 

Mod is celebrating NAIDOC Week, this year being held 8 - 15 November. The theme, Always Was, Always Will Be. recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. 

To recognise NAIDOC Week, the App Store selected Indigemoji as a front page featured app with a great article telling the inspiring story behind its creation. 

Indigemoji provides 90 emojis, celebrating Arrenrnte language and culture, for everyone to use and share. The emojis were created on Arrernte country in Central Australia by hundreds of young people and senior Arrernte cultural advisors. It has been enthusiastically downloaded and recognised internationally as an Honoree in the Public Service & Activism Category of the Webby Awards and an Honourable Mention in the Digital Communities section of Prix Ars Electronica.   

This Arrernte-led project is supported by a diverse team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous arts workers, designers, developers and technologists, of which Mod is proud to be a part. We were pleased to be able to integrate the Arrernte language voice files, already featured on the Indigemoji web site, into the app in time for NAIDOC Week. 

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. There are many events that everyone can join in, held across Australia and online. To find out more about NAIDOC Week and how to get involved visit naidoc.org.au


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