Why is my app just always locked to the heart of Sydney CBD? I love this app in concept but am a bit perplexed by its execution. Regrettably uninstalling :(
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this app may contain images and voices of people who have died.
About the App.:
The Welcome to Country iPhone app. delivers a simple Welcome to Country video introduction~ to Australian indigenous culture, including basic cultural protocols that are tribal boundary geo-specific^.
The app. uses the GPS function of the iPhone to deliver a Welcome to Country video (or text/image version) to the user via a push notification. Where available within a tribal boundary^, the video will be of a traditional owner (or elder) welcoming the user/visitor to their country when the user enters that tribal geo-boundary^.
The app. educates the user on the Traditional Owners’ culture and heritage protocols right across the Australia. It gives the user a solid appreciation of the many cultures and languages groups that exist in Indigenous Australia. The app. also teaches users some simple, relevant information about Indigenous culture and the customs of the tribe within that tribal geo boundary. As such, the Welcome to Country iPhone app. can be used by tourists, schools, employers, government departments, by tourism bodies and many other user groups and individuals.
Version 1.0 of the Welcome to Country app. contains more than 30 tribes and languages groups (of over 500 groups!) right across Indigenous Australia. We’ll be adding many more language groups over the coming months so please check back regularly for updates.
What is a ‘Welcome to Country’?
“A Welcome to Country is where an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander custodian or elder from the local area or region welcomes people to their land. This may be done through speech, song, dance or ceremony and has been part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocol for thousands of years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols or customs in relation to Welcome to Country are diverse and will vary from region to region.” (Source: http://www.dhcs.act.gov.au/atsia/welcome_to_country)
Most people don’t know there are over 500 Indigenous tribes (and therefore tribal geo boundaries) and language groups that exist across Indigenous Australia? The Indigenous Australia map that can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/indigenous/map/ is just one representation of other map sources that are available for describing Aboriginal Australia. This map in particular indicates only the general location of larger groupings of people and this may include smaller groups such as clans, dialects or individual languages in a group.
If you’re a traditional owner or a member of an Australian Indigenous language group and you’d like your mob included on the app. please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
About the Developer:
The Welcome to Country iPhone app. is a Weerianna Street Media (WSM) production.
The app. is part of WSM’s ‘Digital Dreamtime Project’ and is proudly supported by the Australian Government and Woodside Energy / Pluto LNG (operated by Woodside in Joint Venture with Tokyo Gas and Kansai Electric).
WSM is a proud Australian 100% Indigenous cross-media production company located in Roebourne, a small town with a population of less than 900 people, in Western Australia’s majestic Pilbara region. WSM is owned and operated by Tyson Mowarin – creative director, father, award-winning filmmaker & photographer, musician and a proud Ngarluma man who is deeply connected to his Aboriginal culture. He lives in Roebourne with his young daughter Sharliya.
^ Note that the approximate geo-locations of individual language groups are general in nature and do not in any way represent tribal specific boundaries.
~ Note that the Welcome to Country videos displayed on this app have been been compiled for educational purposes only. These videos must not be used as a substitute for an official, in-person, Welcome to Country in any situation or context whatsoever.
What's New in Version 1.2
Minor technical update:
- updated base URL and moved to new hosting platform
Weerianna Street Media Pty Ltd
VPP Device Licensing
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
iOS 9.1 or later
iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPad 2 (Wi-Fi), iPad 2 (3G), iPad (3rd Generation) (Wi-Fi), iPad (3rd Generation) (4G), iPad (4th Generation) (Wi-Fi), iPad (4th Generation) (4G), iPad (5th Generation) Wi-Fi, iPad (5th Generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation) Wi-Fi, iPad (6th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro (Cellular), iPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch) (Cellular), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5-inch), iPad Pro (10.5-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air (Cellular), iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 (Cellular), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (Wi-Fi), iPad mini (4G), iPad mini Retina, iPad mini Retina (Cellular), iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 (Cellular), iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 (Cellular), iPad mini (5th Generation), iPad mini (5th Generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (7th generation) Wi-Fi, iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (5th generation), iPod touch (6th Generation), iPod touch (7th generation)
Audio works fine on an older iPad Pro, so I suspect it might be a problem with the newer Apple hardware?
I really like the idea of having a reference guide to nations and people all around Australia. Unfortunately the nations nearest to me aren’t on there yet. I hope to see them soon.
Should be standard issue on every mobile in Australia.
This app is such a great concept and I look forward to seeing it grow.
There seems to be no sound coming thru on the Larrakia video
I understand the incredible complexity in creating an app such as this. But I agree with a previous reviewer around the automatic directing to the nearest nation that's in the app. I was sitting just south of Beenleigh and the app took me to Bundjalung country. I will definitely be sharing word of the app to encourage people to contact creators so that more comprehensive and accurate data can be put out there.
Why is so much cultural info in past tense, like a history lesson?
We are still here doing what we do.
Also GPS seems to be picking the closest, but not the right Peoples Country :( ... Would be better if it just highlighted neighbours if the info isn't there :)
Hope it helps.
I see the major tribes represented and the app is a useful tool however there are many countries that are not, it's a bit half baked. A map to discover nations would be great and also including endemic information about these areas will make it a lot more interesting. Conflicted about the app being supported by a liquefied natural gas company so let's hope future updates don't present a affronted agenda.
I totally support this app and the service it provides.
I only have one big problem, which is that when it didn't recognise that I'm in Jagara country, in West End, Brisbane, rather than saying so, it told me I was in the country of the nearest group it could find, which was one on the Sunshine Coast.
I can imagine people who don't already know the local people then believing the local country is of a different group.
I would much rather have the app tell visitors to West End that the local country's indigenous custodian group hasn't been identified at this stage, and then to give a generic welcome to country...
Please fix this, and I will definitely bump up my rating!
Congratulations on a well overdue app. Great information. Looking forward to watching it grow. I will be telling all my friends.
There are only nine indigenous nations in Tasmania yet only three are listed. The information provided in the 'people and culture' tab is woefully inadequate. A great idea but the app seriously under delivers.
What a great service! I look forward to seeing this database grow.
Awesome. Just had a 'why hasn't anyone thought of this / tech really can be amazing' moment
Great idea, well executed - many thanks
This needs to be an app for every syllabus at school.
This app is great! I look forward to more additions especially the Boonwarung people.
What a brilliant app. I feel very grateful for the privilege of being given better insight to the traditional owners and custodians of the lands that I visit.
Great initiative, looking forward to learning the history of our awesome country!
There's heaps of potential but it's too buggy to use with location settings off.
The concept is superb - however the constant weerianna pop up did not allow me to use it at all. More work is needed, but keep working on it! Much needed!!
Frustrating forcing you to enable location services. Pop-up constantly appearing and won't go away! I would really like to use this app but at moment - delete!
I love the idea of this app. However, ever since I downloaded it, my battery has died within 7 hours of charging- and it usually lasts all day. I guess it's because it's constantly checking for your location and you can't turn it off. Also disappointing that the group in North Brisbane that I was most interested in could not be found on the app.
The app has lots of scope for future updates and is a fantastic, simple yet elegant resource for anyone looking to learn a little bit about Indigenous culture and language in Australia.
I've only watched 3 welcomes so far, now to see the rest!
A well made app that really comes in handy!
The pop up is annoying even when location is activated. Just over 30 entries. Before releasing should have added more. Great concept though. Please when you add more font go by the Tindal Map. That's rubbish.
Would love to see it in school curriculum
I really want this to work, but I am a little wary of apps that want to use location services even when not active. I'm happy if it activates when I choose to open & view. Location services off seems to open a universe of buggy messages...
Viewing disrupted repetitively by 'region monitoring disabled' pop up!
Unfortunately this app hasn't worked since I downloaded it. There is a pop up window that says 'region monitoring disabled' if you click okay it pops back up. I am not the only person this is happening to either... Hope this bug is ironed out soon.