Community Arts Network and the Katanning Noongar Leadership Group invite you to celebrate Place Names Katanning this weekend, as part of Harmony Day celebrations.
Visit the puppet workshop during the week to make a puppet for the parade. Our workshop is at shop 98 Clive Street, opposite the Katanning Town Square.
- 1:00pm Join in a parade of more than 30 puppets down Clive Street
- 1:30-7:00pm: Visit our installation space at 98 Clive Street to learn about the Mulka story and Noongar place naming
The puppet workshop is open Wednesday, 11th March and Thursday 12th March between 10am – 7pm to pop in, have a cuppa and meet the puppets.
Place Names Katanning is a creative exploration of the stories behind Noongar place naming in the South West, the largest block of Aboriginal place names anywhere in Australia.
Professor Len Collard worked with Elders and community from the Great Southern towns of Katanning, Tambellup, Gnowangerup and Badgebup where they began decoding Noongar place names. The connection between local place names in Katanning, surrounding areas and the Noongar story about the giant man, Mulka, emerged.
This Puppet Parade and Installation is the culmination of many months work involving Elders and community members from Katanning and surrounding towns, as well as Katanning Primary and Senior High School students, who have been working alongside professional puppeteer Karen Hethey and Creative Producer Brooke Small to develop the Mulka project.