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Goomalling Yarns was a multi-layered community arts project which recorded the Aboriginal stories of those who lived on Goomalling Reserve and in the local mission and camps.

Those stories have been compiled into a beautiful commemorative CD containing a 25 minute documentary and a hip hop song, inspired by those stories, which was written by the town’s local teenagers.

The CD was recently launched in Goomalling bringing together the town’s Aboriginal and non-Indigenous community to share the cultural significance and Noongar history of the region.

If you’d like a copy of this CD you can purchase it for $10 from our website or drop in to CAN’s office in the King Street Arts Centre and purchase it by donation.

The Goomalling Yarns project was featured in The Australian newspaper and also the ABC Radio National Arts and Books program.

A collection of rare photographs, chronicling Noongar life on the Goomalling Reserve was unearthed during the research phase of the project.

The photos, now known as the Mavis Walley collection after the Noongar woman who took them, have been digitised and included in the State Library of WA’s archive collection.

The collection has been described as being of international significance.

If you’d like more information about the Goomalling Yarns project click here.

For for more information about the State Library’s Storylines collection click here.


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