Dhiiyaan

Written and Illustrated by Elaine Russell

This app and interactive book tells the story of all the kinship carers out there, lovingly & gently parenting again. The media provide an amazing interactive reading experience for Kinship Carers, grandparents and their children. You will spend hours sharing your journey with your children through its beautiful story line, fascinating animated scenes and engaging interactions.

– Top Reading app for Grandparents, kinship carers to share with their kids
– This is a totally new reading experience, the books have beautiful animation with a rich narrative on each page
– Automatically reads each page to you and allows you to control the reading
– Enjoy the Original music, sound effects, interactive and animated features
– Narration by Kinship carers for kinship carers

These remarkable stories to come to life and gives opportunity to grandparents & kinship carers to engage in open conversations with their children.

Dhiiyaan available to download on iTunes

 

About Elaine

Elaine Russell is a Kamileroi painter and illustrator, born in Tingha, Northern NSW, in 1941. Russell spent a period of her childhood at La Perouse, Sydney before her family moved to Murrin Bridge Mission, which is on the Lachlan River near the town of Lake Cargelligo in central New South Wales.

Since the early 1980s Russell has been based in Sydney, and she began painting in 1993 after completing a certificate of visual arts at the Eora Centre in Chippendale. In that year Russell’s work was first exhibited at Boomalli Aboriginal Arts Cooperative in Sydney, as part of the show ‘Sayin’ Something’, and the artist has subsequently been involved in many Boomalli exhibitions. In 1994 Russell submitted work to the 11th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award and was awarded the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Award.

Her paintings capture both the happiness and the pathos of Russell’s childhood memories of life on Murrin Bridge Mission. Their narratives revolve around the sustaining life of the bush and the river: bush tucker, washing, swimming, yabbying and fish trapping, the church, school and the constant surveillance that underpinned the policy of the Aboriginal Welfare Board that controlled the mission until 1969. Russell’s work is included in the inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial ‘Culture Warriors’ at the National Gallery of Australia.