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Our Bedtime Stories: Tune in to traditional Indigenous stories told on TV

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Our Bedtime Stories
The Fellowship.gif second series of traditional bedtime stories will screen on ICTV

To celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day this Tuesday 4 August 4, tune into traditional Indigenous bedtime stories as family and enjoy tales of how Australian animals and the landscape came by their features. Mandy Taylor explained the show for ICTV’s website.


A new episode of Our Bedtime Stories 2 will screen on ICTV next Tuesday August 4 at 7:30pm to mark National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day.

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Tune into  Indigenous bedtime stories and enjoy traditional tales of Australian animals and land

The series features traditional Indigenous storytelling aimed at children and first screened in 2018, presenting stories for children in language, using traditional storytelling techniques together with animation, music and film.

The new series follows a similar format, with each episode a separate story presented by cultural storytellers using traditional techniques with several stories supported by lively animations.

Our Bedtime Stories

The stories are brought to life with lively animations that show the action as it happens

ICTV Bedtime 2

It presents stories for children in language, using animation, music and film and live action

Our Bedtime Stories 2: Traditional Indigenous bedtime stories

  • The first episode is Winkarra Jurttanti (Grandmother made of stone) told by Rosemary Plummer (OA)
  • Storytellers use traditional techniques, promoting the importance of elders as holders of knowledge, lore and culture
  • The stories tell how animals and landscapes came by their particular features, such as why the crow is black and how the bluetongue lizard got its black feet

Both series consist of 20 cultural, bedtime stories for children delivered in Indigenous languages

OUR stories

The series promotes the importance of elders as holders of knowledge, lore and culture

Episodes are in 11 languages: Warumungu, Kunbarlang, Mawng, Gija, Gooniyandi, Yulparija, Ngaanyatjarra, Ngadju, Wangkatja/Ngaanyatjarra, Anmatyerre and Katyeye.

There are 20 episodes in this second series of Our Bedtime Stories, filmed in remote locations including:

  • Goulburn Island
  • The Pilbara
  • Ti Tree
  • Kalgoorlie
  • Tennant Creek
  • Wilora

ICTV General Manager Rita Cattoni said Our Bedtime Stories builds on ICTV’s commitment to strengthening and preserving language and culture.

“The first series was a great hit, popular not just with children but also with adults who enjoy the traditional stories as much as the young ones.

“Our Bedtime Stories also features the original music of Thomas Saylor and opening animation artwork from Pormpuraaw Art & Culture Centre, Moa Arts in Queensland, and Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre in Yirrkala.”

Ms Cattoni said the series was an engaging way to impart language and cultural knowledge to younger generations.

Stories describe how animals and landscapes came by their features (this image from Sun Story)

The screening will start at 7.30pm Tuesday August 4. The entire second series of Our Bedtime Stories 2 will be launched later this year and screened on ICTV and ICTVPlay.

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