Individual storytellers: Tim Kanoa
Tim Kanoa discusses his Digital Storytelling project, Life and Learning.
-I just took part in a three day workshop with ACMI at the Koorie Heritage Trust, and we had about ten guys in there who all had different stories.
My life so far has been a life of learning, living, culture, and fun. I express my culture through dance, and I have done so for many years. When I'm on stage dancing, I feel a great sense of pride.
My story was just about-- basically the title of it's called "Life and Learning." I just really talked about different aspects of my life, which is culture, and fun, and family, and all that top stuff.
Moving out of home at the age of 16 was not a wise decision, but it was the only option I had at the time.
The thing about these digital stories that I've seen is all honest. Honesty is the key, I believe, and to get a message across, you have to be honest. For people to understand your story, you have to tell 'em, you know, basically where you're coming from and what you've done.
I failed year 11 and dropped out. I had time to think and make the choice to go back. It was the only way I was going to get anywhere in life.
Especially in indigenous culture, we talk about oral history, which is where I used to be working-- in oral history, you know, the Koorie Heritage Trust-- and one of their main goals was to maintain all this oral history of elders around Victoria. Digital stories is another great way of keeping that and maintaining that tradition.
Learning for me is a major part of my life. You actually do learn something every day.
I show it all the time. Every time somebody new comes into my house, I put it on. I'm proud of my story, and I'm really proud to show it to people, especially my family, and especially when they see their photo in my life, when they know that they're a part of my life.
And I know that's one of the important things because when I'm gone, my grandkids, and nieces, and nephews will see that, and they'll be still passing that story around.