Thank you Albany! On Saturday 11 August, the Albany community turned out in force to support the premiere screening of Noongar Boodjar – a locally made documentary which calls on all levels of government to support the use of Aboriginal words to dual name local landmarks.
A full house – 620 people – packed into the Albany Entertainment Centre for the launch, which also included a Q&A panel with the film makers and participants, as well as a powerful live choir performance of a Noongar song featured in the film.
During the past 12 months, a group of young Aboriginal people from Albany learnt learning film making skills and documented the stories of their Elders and significant places in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.
The film’s message is strong – towns and landmarks should share Aboriginal names.
“I guess what we are trying to get through to the agencies is that we don’t want to rename them, we actually want to dual name them,” said Albany Elder, Vernice Gillies.
CAN’s Place Names project uses art and creativity to build on Professor Len Collard’s well-known research of Noongar place names.
The film will be released publically soon.