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Dust Echoes: The Wagalak Sisters (ATOM study guide)

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Dust Echoes is a series of twelve beautifully animated dreamtime stories from central Arnhem Land telling stories of love, loyalty, duty to country, and Aboriginal custom and law.

Dust Echoes is one way that we are bringing everyone back to the same campfire – black and white. We are telling our stories to you in a way you can understand, to help you see, hear and know. And we are telling these stories to ourselves, so that we will always remember, with pride, who we are. – Tom Lewis, actor, musician, Indigenous consultant

The Dust Echoes series is a collection of twelve Aboriginal dreamtime stories collected from the Wugularr (Beswick) Community in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Australia. The stories were recorded as audio and then interpreted as short animated movies by some of Australia’s most talented emerging animators, and have enjoyed screenings at film and animation festivals all over the world, to great critical acclaim.

The Dust Echoes series was produced in two parts. In 2004, working with the Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation in Arnhem Land, the first four animations were produced by the ABC in Association with Deakin University. In 2007, the ABC then went on to produce an additional eight animations, again working with Djilpin Arts.

Synopsis for The Wagalak Sisters

In this creation story, the Wagalak sisters are seduced by humans and lose their powers. The main theme is about the origins of people, and their fall from innocence.

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