Several weeks ago Thing 5 from the University of Edinburgh’s 23 Things for Digital Knowledge course prompted me to explore diverse online representation through the use of avatars, emoticons and emoji. While I discovered a variety of emoji representing skin colour and cultural diversity, one group not represented was Indigenous Australians.
I was very excited this week to hear of the launch of Indigemoji, Australia’s first set of Indigenous emoji, created by young people on Arrernte land in Mparntwe/Alice Springs during a series of workshops in the Alice Springs Public Library.
For those of us who identify as Indigenous the abilty to display culturally relevant and representative emoji has been a long time coming. At this stage the emoji only function as ‘stickers’ which can be used on social media platforms (and elsewhere like this blog post if you download and save the image) but hopefully the future will bring fully functional emoji that can be used across various platforms directly from the keyboard of your device.
The emoji stickers are available for free download for both android and apple devices.
Download the free Indigemoji app: