Message Stick (1999 - current)
Weekly x 30 minutes
Message Stick is a television magazine program that presents Indigenous articles that are both current and historical.
Now in its tenth season, Message Stick enables Indigenous Australians to tell their own stories to a national audience. In a weekly half-hour Sunday afternoon slot, Message Stick screens documentaries by Indigenous filmmakers. Also repeated on Friday evenings, program content may include interviews and profile stories, historical footage, music video clips and lifestyle and cooking segments.
Past Indigenous presenters of Message Stick include Rachel Maza, Kelrick Martin, Deborah Mailman and Trisha Morton-Thomas. The current host is Miriam Corowa.
Message Stick is produced by the Indigenous Programs Unit at the ABC and is part of the national broadcaster’s commitment to Indigenous content. The IPU was founded in 1987 and is based at the ABC Ultimo studios in Sydney. Previous IPU programs include Blackout (1989-95), Kam Yan (1995-96) and Songlines (1997).
Titles in this series
Kathleen Mills (nee McGuiness) is a respected Indigenous Elder of Darwin, mother of eight, and mother to the singing group The Mills Sisters.
Young men fall victim to a waterhole that, according to Aboriginal legend, is a sacred place where the spirit of an Aboriginal woman dwells.
Bill Neidjie decided to have a wake while he was alive, rather than waiting until his death, to hear what everyone would say about him.
Mark Olive (aka the Black Olive) uses native ingredients to prepare cuisine with a local flavour.
During the 1950s children from Carrolup mission in Western Australia, south of Perth, became artists under the instruction of Mr White, but after leaving the mission many of them never painted again.
The Koori Court in Victoria was set up to reduce high imprisonment rates by combining Aboriginal beliefs with the white legal system.
Spider, an 80-year-old Indigenous elder and Wangkatjungka man, returns to the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia to perform a cleansing ceremony at a sacred jila, a water supply that never dries up.
A story about songman Scotty Martin, who inherited the role of composer of songs. This episode also features rodeo boy Bowman Button, a four-year-old cowboy, and a short film titled Don’t Say Sorry.
An exposé on the homeless Aboriginal people of Darwin, known as 'long-grassers’.
The Wathaurong community of Geelong began a glass business in order to provide employment for their people.
An episode that introduces us to award-winning filmmaker and actor Wayne Blair.