Jennifer Green | EOI | October 14, 2018

The deserts of Central Australia are home to some unique Indigenous narrative practices. In sand stories, a traditional form perfected by women and girls, the soft sand provides a palette for dynamic inscriptions accompanied by speech, and sometimes sign and song. In my presentation to the Escola Oficial d’Idiomes (a languages school) in Olot I showed some examples of filmed sand stories, looked at some of the graphic conventions used in these stories, and discussed the impact of cultural and technological change. The discussion following my presentation was wide-ranging and stimulating and I wished it could go on for longer! We talked about many issues, including the role of dictionaries in the protection of language diversity; the need to think about language as being more than just about speech; and the ways that different ecologies of the world enable particular forms of storytelling. Thank you for the invitation!