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Reviving Noongar language through stories, art, music and song

Lullabies 19 Septemer

Lullabies is a five-year integrated arts and language program specifically designed for Noongar parents, babies and grandparents, providing the basis for learning Noongar and transferring the language into creative outcomes, including song writing, storytelling and doll making.
Participants are supported by professional artists and facilitators to learn the basic structures of Noongar, write and record lullabies and hand stitch accompanying story dolls.
Lullabies is produced by CAN in collaboration with Noongar Elders and their families and is supported through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts program and the Australia Council for the Arts.

For CAN this is about using art to create transformation. We want to support communities to preserve and promote Noongar language and culture. We want to create a future where the next generations of Noongar children are lulled to sleep with songs sung in their traditional language. We know that language is a fundamental part of any culture and believe that our language revival projects contribute to building stronger families and transforming communities.

To achieve this CAN is partnering with key support agencies, including Child and Parent Centres in selected communities to deliver Lullabies, aligning the program with the range of early learning, parenting, child and maternal health and wellbeing programs that support families with young children.

Lullabies addresses the need for continued intergenerational cultural sharing and the expression of cultural identity through artmaking and story sharing that was a feature of CAN’s successful Bush Babies program delivered in the Wheatbelt over the past six years. Lullabies builds on the stories and artmaking about birthing on reserves, missions and on country that was the inspiration for Bush Babies.

Lullabies 24 October

Yarning  or sharing stories forms the basis for Lullabies, with the presentation of story based songs and art produced through the process contributing to cultural identity and pride for participants. Composing lullabies in Noongar language encourages language interest, development and builds participants musical skills.

Lullabies is being delivered across Noongar country over five years and is made possible through funding support from the Department of Communication and the Arts.

CAN’s Lullabies project is funded by the Australian Government, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Department of Arts and Culture in WA.

For more information about Lullabies, contact Program Coordinator Brooke Small brooke@canwa.com.au

 

Nganyang Nyit Maawit – Noongar Lullabies from Mandurah

A compilation of intimate Noongar songs from families in Mandurah, in the South West of Western Australia. In the fourth edition of Lullabies, 7 songs were written at Nidjalla Waangan Mia in Mandurah and recorded at the John Butler Studio at Fairbridge, followed by further development and additional musical production by Charmaine Councillor and Phil Bartlett. Written and performed in Noongar by each participant, the songs are a celebration of the spirit of the land, ocean and love.

Join us for the Nganyang Nyit Maawit: Album & Songbook launch as we hear the recorded songs for the first time.

Winjan Aboriginal Corporation
Saturday 7 December
11:00am – 4:00pm

The event will be live broadcast on Noongar Radio 100.9 fm.
Tune in on your radio or listen online to the live broadcast.

 Listen to the Nganyang Nyit Maawit album online and download the songbook.

LISTEN ON SOUNDCLOUD

Download the Songbook

Lullabies 2019 in Mandurah

  • 10 weekly Noongar lessons and doll making at Nidjalla Waangan Mia throughout May – July
  • 5 x weekly Noongar lessons and doll making at Girl’s Academy Coondanup College throughout May – July
  • 10 x handmade story dolls created with local bush dyes
  • 2 full day Noongar songwriting workshops at Nidjalla Waangan Mia in August 2019
  • 2 full day Noongar songwriting workshops at the John Butler Studio in Fairbridge September 2019
  • Songs recorded at the John Butler Studio in Fairbridge September 2019
  • 7 songs written & recorded in Noongar
  • 500 Albums produced & distributed

Lullabies is a five-year arts and language program developed with Noongar families, providing the basis for learning Noongar and transferring language into creative outcomes, including song writing, storytelling and doll making.

Participants are supported by professional artists and facilitators to learn the basic structures of Noongar, write and record lullabies and hand stitch accompanying story dolls.

Lullabies Mandurah 2019 was produced by CAN in collaboration with Noongar Elders and their families and is supported through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts program and the Australia Council for the Arts. The project was developed and delivered with local partners Nidjalla Waangan Mia and The Girls Academy at Coodanup College. The CD and songbook were launched at Winjan Aboriginal Centre in December 2019, in partnership with the Winjan Aboriginal Corporation.

Would you like to learn how to sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in Noongar?

Listen to the song here Download the Songbook

CAN has launched the Djinda Djinda Kanangoor video on the Yagan Square Tower on Monday 7 October 2019. Honouring one of the world’s oldest lullabies in one of the world’s oldest languages, Noongar.

Our Noongar version of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star was officially launched by the Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians, The Hon. Ken Wyatt and featured a performance by the Djurpin Djindas. Our MC Phil Walley-Stack lead formal proceedings, with a Welcome to Country by Freda Ogilvia and special guests Charmaine Councillor and Phyllis Bennell sung at the launch.

Check out these gorgeous photos from our launch taken by Michelle Troop.

 

Written and performed by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse.
Video produced by VAM Media.
Illustrations by Esther McDowell.


Djinda Djinda Kanangoor at AWESOME Festival

On Monday 7th October and Tuesday 8th October CAN in partnership with AWESOME presented the Djinda Djinda Community Choir. 

Lead by musicians Charmaine Councillor, Phyllis Bennell and Phil Bartlett the Djinda Djinda Community Choir performed beautiful Noongar lullabies in the Wetlands Stage at the Perth Cultural Centre.

This special community event was held to celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages as part of the CAN Lullabies program.

Lullabies is a music art and language program designed to encourage Noongar language revival. The last census revealed there are less than 450 fluent Noongar speakers left. Noongar lullabies are helping to wake the language gently.

Photographer Michelle Troop captured these moments from the event.

Did you miss out on the the Djinda Djinda Community Choir?

All songs, including Djinda Djinda Kanangoor are available to learn at home through the Djinda Djinda Community Choir Songbook. The songbook also includes links to audio files, so you can listen and sing-a-long.

Download the Songbook

Kwobidak Maawit: Noongar Lullabies from Bunbury

Kwobidak Maawit: Noongar Lullabies from Bunbury is a compilation of beautiful, heartfelt songs from families in Bunbury, in the South West of Western Australia. In the third edition of Lullabies, 19 songs were written and performed on site at Roelands Village in June 2018 and further developed in the following weeks with additional musical production.  Written and performed in Noongar by each participant, the lullabies are a celebration of family and community life, and a legacy for future generations.

Join us for the Kwobidak Maawit: Album & Songbook launch as we hear the recorded songs for the first time.

The lawns of the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery
Tuesday 20 November
3:00 – 5:00pm

The event will be live broadcast on Noongar Radio 100.9 fm.
Tune in on your radio or listen online to the live broadcast.

 

 

 

Listen to Kwobidak Maawit album online

LISTEN SPOTIFY   Listen SOUNDCLOUD

Download Album tracks below (MP3)

1-6 7-11 12-16 17-19

Download Songbook (PDF)
DOWNLOAD 

Lullabies 2018 in Bunbury

  • 10 weekly Noongar lessons and doll making at SWAMS Kwilenap Maternal Health Clinic in Australind throughout April, May & June 2018
  • 10 handmade story dolls created with bush dyes
  • Dolls exhibited at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery throughout NAIDOC week
  • 3 full day Noongar songwriting workshops at Roelands Village throughout June & July 2018
  • Follow up music production in the recording studio
  • 19 songs written & recorded in Noongar
  • 500 CDs produced & distributed

This project was very helpful for our South West Noongar people to come together and express our language and hear from each other. Language through song is important to our people and I thank Community Arts Network for making this possible. I hope it continues and provides a gateway to our Elders and younger generations and our future kids and I hope that our men join in.
– Phyllis Bennell

Lullabies is a music, art and language program that supports cultural revitalization with opportunities to reflect upon and share cultural knowledge, develop creative skills and strengthen relationships. Participants are supported by professional artists and facilitators to write and record lullabies in Noongar and hand stitch accompanying dolls. The CD and songbooks are shared with the local community and beyond.

Lullabies in Bunbury 2018 was supported through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts program, The Australia Council for the Arts and Principal Partners South West Aboriginal Medical Service and Noongar Boodjar Language Centre.

Lullabies participants have described the project as important and meaningful in the following ways:

  • Happy to be learning Noongar
  • Proud to be using Noongar in everyday life
  • Proud to be writing songs in Noongar
  • Feeling a sense of belonging through sharing songs with family and community
  • Happy to reconnect with country and culture through language and music
  • More confident from developing creative skills
  • Feeling safe, included and empowered when participating in the project

It’s reconnecting us to our culture and country. I think music makes it more powerful. CAN promotes it…lets everyone out there know that we are doing things in our community, and that our language is not dying, we’re reviving it.

– Marcelle Riley

Lullabies 2017

In 2017 CAN worked with award winning singer songwriter Gina Williams and musician Guy Ghouse to deliver the project in Midvale and Collie. Gina is passionate about Noongar language, which she had to learn as an adult and wants to encourage a connection with language from an early age. Through Lullabies she can work with families to create simple, poignant and meaningful songs that will create a legacy for all involved.

Alongside the song writing last year, Noongar textile artists Sharyn Egan (in Midvale) and Marcelle Riley (in Collie) revived the tradition of Noongar women and children making rag dolls and toys while living on reserves, providing participants with skills in doll making, eco dyeing and rust dyeing from natural materials.

These projects resulted in 15 songs and over 30 dolls being created for families to share.

Aboriginal clients now feel a lot more welcome in the Centre.  They have been attending every week and are happy to be here for four or five hours. – Sharon Thompson, Program Manager, Collie Family Centre

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