Brought to life by Common Ground and Snapchat, Dreamy is a collection of sleep stories created by First Nations storytellers.
These contemporary stories bring an 80,000-year-old oral tradition into the digital space, helping people of all walks of life to quiet their minds, drift into dream, and disconnect from their devices by connecting to Country.
But our worries often feel loudest when the world around us is quiet. Scrolling through social media is an easy distraction, but the further we scroll, the further we get from a restful night’s sleep.
Thankfully, sleep stories can help to reduce screen time and unhook our minds from the what ifs and the if onlys.
The stars you sleep under tonight are the same stars that First Nations people have told stories beneath for millennia. Close your eyes and journey with us through lands of awe and wonder – lands that, for First Nations storytellers, are never far away.
Dreamy is a coming together of talented minds from across the country. Beyond our five First Nations storytellers, we collaborated with:
Carmen is a Southern Arrernte, Kaytetye and Anmatyerre transdisciplinary artist who employs contemporary methods of capturing First Nations storytelling translated across many artistic mediums. Her practice acts as a platform to uplift, empower and preserve our stories for many generations to come.
Psychologist, broadcaster and wellbeing content creator, Greta consults in private practice and facilitates around mental health and wellbeing, culture, and values-based decision making with public and private organisations.
Common Ground is a First Nations-led not-for-profit, working to shape a society that centres First Nations people, knowledge and self-determination.
Common Ground amplifies First Nations voices, embeds First Nations knowledge in key systems, and delivers cultural strengthening projects that harness the power of storytelling.
Dreamy brings together all of these things, creating new ways to share First Nations knowledge, storytelling and creativity with the rest of the world.
First Nations people are the original storytellers.
We sleep and dream on First Nations lands. We acknowledge all First Peoples and celebrate their enduring connections to Country and stories. We thank Elders and Ancestors who watch over us and guide our communities.