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Cape treasures

Cape Treasures is a collection of animations and group stories by children from four communities in Cape York.

The partnership between Aboriginal Shire Councils, the Torres Strait Island Regional Council and the State Library of Queensland supports a network of Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs).

The IKCs are community hubs that engage all generations in creative, cultural and educational activities. These strong partnership encourage written and digital Indigenous authorship while valuing traditional expression through art, carving, dance and song.

Download the stories and read along with the videos.


Adventure at Thompson's Creek - Ngayu Jilba Dungan Bada Thompson's Creek

A story from Wujal Wujal

Lane Hooker, the 10 year old author of Ngayu Jilba Dungan Bada Thompson’d Creek, or, Adventure at Thompson’s Creek, developed this story as part of ‘literacy through the arts’ workshops at Wujal Wujal in 2010 and 2011. Children learnt storytelling, illustration, layering and composition techniques to create individual books about their journeys to places of cultural importance. In Lane’s story, the protagonist and his friends have a busy and satisfying day out, catching a freshwater perch, or ‘bayil’, and ‘ngawiya’, or turtle, too

The Wallaby and the Dugong

A story from Lockhart River

This traditional story from Lockhart River, on the eastern coast of Cape York, is called The Wallaby and the Dugong, and teaches us how the animals got their distinctive tails. Vincent Temple, the original storyteller, shared the story with children form Lockhart River State School, who were taught illustration and photographic techniques to create the characters and backgrounds. The story has been recorded in both English and Umpila languages.

The Kaangkan Brothers 

A story from Pormpuraaw

The Kaangkan Brothers animation was developed over a five day Culture Love event taking place in Pormpuraaw on the western side of Cape York in November 2012. Elders shared this traditional story about respect and discipline with children and young people of their community, who then illustrated the characters and scenes. Visiting artists and animators worked with the community to record the narration in English and Munkan languages and animate the characters using stop motion techniques.

The Journey to Injinoo

A story from Injinoo

The Journey to Injinoo was created by students from Northern Peninsula Area State College as part of a ‘literacy through the arts’ workshop in 2010. This animation gives us the story of Elder Thakau and his grandson Jacko who must travel across country. They face obstacles along the way including crossing a ‘yati’ or river and building a canoe. Told in English with key words in Apudthama Ikya, this story reminds us to beware of the ‘ikambala’ or crocodile.