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Wadu Matyidi

8m Animation, Indigenous, Children’s, Short 2010

A groundbreaking Indigenous animation about three adventurous kids who make a life-changing discovery near their camp.

In the 1800s, Adnyamathanha children of the Flinders Ranges were inspired, schooled and entertained by their interactions with Country. In this animated story, told in language, three adventurous kids set out for a day of exploration near their camp. The children play traditional games and spook one another with tales of the ancient creatures of their country. They see unusual tracks that set their hearts and imaginations racing. Then unexpectedly they make a discovery that changes their lives forever. Could it be the Yamuti?


Ema Bovoro (Warrikanha) , Emori Bovoro (Unaanha) , Salote Bovoro (Virdianha)


Luke Jurevicius


Arthur Moody


Sonja Vivienne


Marjo Stroud


Luke Jurevicius


Arthur Moody


English, Adnyamathanha Ngawarla



Bonus Content

Introduction Wadu Matyidi


Curator of the Buwindja Collection, Gillian Moody shares what inspired her to select Watu Matyidi. She invites you to engage, explore, reflect on and Buwindja (remember) these exceptional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and stories.

In Conversation


Gillian Moody sits down with Pauline Clague, filmmaker and Associate Professor, Jumbunna, UTS, as they take a deep dive into the rich history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling in screen culture. They reflect on how the films in the Buwindja Collection showcase eras of change in filmmaking with fascinating insights into the dramatic shift from stories being told about First Nations peoples to Indigenous filmmakers telling their own stories. As Pauline powerfully states, it is now the case that ’Nothing about us without us’”.

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