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19 new Indigenous Australian emojis are on the way

Jawoyn Aboriginal rock art at the Amphitheatre, on the Jatbula Trail. Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia. New emojis, celebrating Indigenous Australian culture, are coming to your phone. (Source: Getty, Facebook/ingeous studios)

Emojis are set to become more inclusive than ever with a new set of Emojis that will see Indigenous Australians cultures celebrated and recognised.

Ingeous studios, an Indigenous australian design agency, will launch 19 custom-made “Indigemojis” in the coming weeks through a new app.

“Soon you will be pushing out Australia’s first set of Indigenous emojis, made by young people on Arrernte country in Mparntwe/Alice Springs and complete Indigenous app development,” Ingeous studios announced on Facebook.

What are they?

The new emojis feature the Aboriginal flag, a dingo, a boomerang, a nightscape of Uluru, as well as a number of Aboriginal Dreamtime symbols.

The emojis won’t be part of the official emoji keyboard set but can be copied and pasted into messages and comments from a new app, according to Guardian Australia.

The 19 new emojis will arrive first to Android users in the coming fortnight, and then later to iOS.

Social media responds

Most of the comments on Ingeous studio’s Facebook has been positive, with one user commenting: “Been waiting for these for ages”.

“This is great and can’t wait to download…!” said another.

Another Facebooker said they were “absolutely delighted”, with someone else saying: “love this” followed by three heart emojis in black, yellow and red, the colours of the Aboriginal flag.

Several users also called for Torres Strait Islander representation.

“If this is ‘indigenous’ where is the emojis for Torres Strait islanders? Because this seems more like Aboriginal emojis to me…” one user commented.

“Hopefully there will be one in the future,” Ingeous studios said in response.

“The project engages local young people to design them so we are waiting for this opportunity. There will be a whole range hopefully.”

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