Alyawarr self-determination will be facilitated by a viable media.
Video proved to be a successful medium to communicate during the consultation phase which led to the creation of Alyawarr Ingkerr-wenh Aboriginal Corporation in 2005. At the time, video messages were communicated via DVD and the Project Officer at the time considered that:
- ... while the audio visual medium was primarily used to document meeting to date, it could and should be further developed to distribute and explain information independently of meetings, preferably through an interpreter in Alyawarr language.
Today, many Alyawarr people are in possession of a smart-phone as part of a Telstra service. Further to verbal communication, many access Facebook, which of course, supports the posting of and linking to video content.
Facebook sites that are typically accessed by Alyawarr people include Artists of Ampilatwatja
While there doesn’t seem to be too much activity from community people on these, a 2014 study found that 44% of people living in remote areas used Facebook (slightly more than the Australian average) and that they are increasingly accessing social media via tablet and smartphone devices. Thus is appears that Aboriginal people living in remote areas are accessing Facebook to catch up on what’s happening without making too many comments.
The SkyMuster satellite offers further opportunities for posting and accessing video and teleconferencing amongst Alyawarr people via Skype.