anwerne-akerte // team

Indigemoji is a collective of artists, linguists, creative technologists and young people who first came together in 2018 to create an Arrernte set of emoji reflecting the traditional language of Mparntwe/Tyuretye in Central Australia. We come together every now and then to explore how some of the oldest languages in the world with some of the newest can be woven together

🤙🏾  emoji bosses

Veronica Perrurle Dobson is a senior Arrernte leader, educator, author, linguist and ecologist born at Arltunga, north-east of Mparntwe. Instrumental in establishing Eastern Arrernte as a written language, she co-authored the Eastern Arrernte Dictionary as well as books on botany, kin and skin. She develops curriculum resources to teach Aboriginal languages in schools and works in environmental management.

Kathleen Kemarre Wallace 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 Perrurle Liddle has family ties to the Uremerne, Mparntwe/Tyuretye and Irlpme estates. Joel is a researcher and PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne focusing on the importance of Central Australian religion, social structures, intellect and language in improving mental health outcomes for young men in the region. He believes projects like indigemoji are important in encouraging 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 worked at inDigiMOB as a Digital Mentor at Alice Springs Public Library before beginning new study in streaming media.


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.


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.

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.

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

📲  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.

🙃  producer

Caddie Brain is creative technologist, producer and audio maker who has spent the last decade living and working in 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 and recently completed a Master in Applied Cybernetics. She’s produced exhibitions, twitter bots, augmented reality audio tours, bilingual audio works and currently heads up Wikimedia Australia.

🤓  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, Harold Thomas, 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.

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