Disney spreads word

Elise Van AkenThe Kimberley Echo
Miriwoong man Bryan Gallagher on Disney’s Spread the Word.
Camera IconMiriwoong man Bryan Gallagher on Disney’s Spread the Word. Credit: Supplied

Disney Channel has brought local language to the masses, featuring an East Kimberley organisation in one of its television series broadcast across the country.

The network, with show creators Media Farm and First Languages Australia, produced an indigenous language series called Spread the Word which has recently been released online.

Kununurra’s Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre starred in episode five, with local Miriwoong man Bryan Gallagher explaining the meaning of the word Yarroo; “to spread your arms out wide with your hands open”.

Each two-minute segment set out to teach viewers about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language words they “never knew they needed”, including the Miriwoong episode which featured a cast of children needing a way to communicate while playing soccer.

Read the rest of this story in the April 30 edition of The Kimberley Echo.

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