anwerne-akerte // team

🤙🏾 emoji advisors

Veronica Dobson Perrurle is an author, linguist, and senior Arrernte woman born at Arltunga, north-east of Alice Springs. She co-authored an Eastern Arrernte dictionary and books on botany, kin and skin. She develops curriculum resources to teach Aboriginal languages in schools and works in environmental management.

Kathleen Wallace Kemarre is a senior Eastern Arrernte woman, storyteller and painter. She was raised traditionally in the bush at Uyetye, travelling with her family around the homelands attending ceremonies, collecting foods and caring for the landscape. She knows more than 150 names for different winds that move across her country.

Joel Liddle Perrurle is an Arrernte man with family ties to the Uremerne, Mparntwe/Tyuretye and Irlpme estates. Joel is a researcher studying Arrernte language, culture and history. He believes projects like indigemoji are important, and hopes it will encourage Arrernte people like him who grew up not speaking their language to become fluent, and ensure Arrernte language remains strong for generations to come.

With Amelia Turner, Shirley Turner, Stephen Kernan and Shanta Turner.

✍🏾 artists

Graham Wilfred Jnr is an artist, designer and musician born in Katherine. He was raised in foster care in Darwin before moving to Alice Springs. Since then he has studied visual arts at Batchelor Institute and exhibited at Parrtjima Festival. Through his work with Indigemoji, he now works as an inDigiMOB Digital Mentor at Alice Springs Public Library.


Emma Stubbs is a Yankunytjatjara artist and designer from Amata on the APY Lands of South Australia, now living in Alice Springs. When she's not pursuing her creative practice, she works with young families and does everything she can to guide her beloved South Alice Springs Football club to victory.


Dave Wells is the Creative Director at Ramen, a full service agency from Sydney. When Dave wandered into the Alice Springs Public Library and started working with our artists we couldn't believe our luck. With a background dealing in all things creative, Dave is proud to be able to use his skills in Illustration to assist the Indigemoji project coming to life, and learn more about Central Australia and its culture.

Phillip McCorrmack is an Arrernte/Pintupi artist based in Alice Springs. He studied visual art at Batchelor College, has exhibited at Parrtjima Festival and has developed large-scale murals around Mparntwe.

With Colleen Powell, Wyona Palmer, Dion Beasley, Benita Clements, Ricky Connick Jakamara, Lindsey Matthews and Elliat Rich.

🙃 producer

Caddie Brain is an award-winning independent curator and audio maker working across the Northern Territory. She’s managed / curated exhibitions and public programs at the Northern Territory Library and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory after many years with ABC Radio. Recently she’s produced exhibitions curated from social media and developed an augmented reality audio tour of Darwin that recently won the Interpretation Australia prize.

📲 app / developers

Leigh Harris is a Cairns-based Aboriginal business owner and serial entrepreneur with traditional connections to the Kanolu people of Central Queensland and Gungarri people of South East Queensland who is also proud of his Italian and Welsh heritage. Leigh has been active in the design and digital creative space for over 20 years and runs Ingeous Studios, a multidisciplinary design studio.

With Sam Lavigne, Mod and Sol1.

🤓 geek in residence

The emoji workshops were run in partnership with the Geek in Residence program. It began in 2017 in response to the increasing numbers of young people spending time at the Alice Springs Public Library and now runs six days a week including right through the school holidays. It provides exploratory access to technology and design, music, video, social media and photo apps. Established by the Central Australian Youth Link-Up Service with Matt D’Penguin, the geek team has grown to include other youth workers, illustrators and artists, including Else Kennedy, Lindsey Matthews and Pathi Raj, and managed by Alice Goddard. The program was also supported by Centrecorp.


🎧 audio

Joel Liddle Perrurle, Veronica Dobson Perrurle, Kathleen Wallace Kemarre and the Year 9 students at the Alice Springs Language Centre/Centralian Middle School: Ada Watson, Johnien Furber, Tyrell Martin, Shakira Richards, Lawrence Squires, Shalaylee Coombes, Shonneille Craig, Jenaya Newchurch, Wendelle Miller Kruger with thanks to David Moore and Jannette McCormack.

🙏 with thanks


Northern Territory Government, Johnston Foundation, inDigiMOB, Alice Springs Public Library, Clare Fisher, Jessie Bartlett, Ben Smede, Sonja Peter, Beth Sometimes, Tega Brain, Libby Leahy, Brendan Phelan, Blair McFarland, Thea McDiarmid, Elliat Rich and James Young at Elbow Workshop, Sarah Brown, Elizabeth Oolodoodi and Purple House, Suzie Warrick, Fiona Walsh, Ruth McMillan, Tangentyere Artists, Emma Murray, Tamalyn Hanson, Red Centre Technology, David Moore, Cy Starkman, Andrew Lau, Robele Yishake and Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre.

Use of the Aboriginal Flag courtesy of Harold Thomas and WAM Clothing

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