The best part for me was the storytelling. I spent the whole time listening to stories from Aboriginal guides, reading stories from the ground, canvas, cave walls and books; and scrawling my own. I was thrilled to find that the system for Aboriginal oral storytelling (as far as I’ve been privvy to) has all the tropes that I’ve observed and come up with for cross-media storytelling. Amazing, and completely understandable. My experiences there have confirmed and extended my own theories and made me feel absolutely at home (in more ways than one).
The ‘systems’ that correlate are: having layers of complexity that are accessible according the age/knowledge of the audience, having an understood essence that can be retold in many ways (different details and media)…stories having a multifaceted function as archive, guide, law, invocation and healing.
I’ll discuss this further, but for now, I had a wonderful time and can’t wait to get back to the Anangu people.