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Language Birthday Celebrations

A group of local young Aboriginal men dance a traditional ‘knee shaking’dance, Bagithubarnmalanga – which means to ‘go along in a line’, accompanied by Wajarri Elder and song man, Ross Boddington, singing a traditional song. For more information on the Wajarri mobile app

 

Balloons, music, singers, dancers, food, and a beautiful Geraldton day set the stage for the Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre’s 10 Year Anniversary celebrations on 16 December last year.

 

Language Centre Coordinator, Jennifer Kniveton-Gregory and Bundiyarra Board Deputy Chair, Tiambra Calvin, shared with guests some of the Language Centre’s accomplishments from the past 10years and stressed the importance of keeping language alive.

“Language is a thread that holds community together,” said Ms Kniveton-Gregory, “and we have had some good outcomes.”

There was plenty of entertainment with the dulcet tones of Geraldton’s home-grown, long time favourites, country music band, Red Ochre, who performed at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival this February.  Irra Wangga staff sang in Wajarri and Leroy Shiosaki played his didgeridoo to much appreciative applause.

Wajarri Elder and song man, Ross Boddington, sang two traditional songs while a group of local young Aboriginal men danced a traditional ‘knee shaking’dance ,Bagithubarnmalanga – which means to ‘go along in a line’, and a Nyambi, or corroboree dance. This was a special treat for all in attendance as Mr Boddington is one of the region’s last real song men, and such a performance had not been hosted at Bundiyarra in the 18 years it has been on these grounds. 

 

For more info download the latest copy of the Bundiyarra Gardantha Newsletter!!


 

New partnerships offer plenty of food for thought

            

Donna Ronan

Bundiyarra has partnered with the Northern Agricultural Catchment Council (NACC), Skill Hire and the City of Greater Geraldton to see the now languishing community garden space revitalised into an amazing Community Bush Tucker Garden dedicated to Nana Dora Dann.

 

Named after local Elder Dora Dann’s book, work started on the Waranygu Bayalgu (digging for food) Community Bush Tucker Garden on 22 February.


Through NACC, there will be a range of seed collection and educational 

camps to gather bush tucker seeds and help people connect with and learn about country. The garden space will be revitalised with the installation of shade houses and new sheds.

 

A second partnership between Bundiyarra, NACC, and Skill Hire will see Bundiyarra’s grounds revitalised under the steady supervision of Chris Ronan (Donna’s brother), who will lead the project.
The front lawn will be removed and paved and covered with shade sails, existing paving will be re-levelled and in some places replaced with concrete and stone paving, and new brick flower beds will be constructed.

 

For more info download the latest copy of the Bundiyarra Gardantha Newsletter!!
 


 

 ‘Wajarri Language : Body Parts’

ABC Open Film

featuring Leeann Merritt

Leeann Merrit is a Senior language worker at Bundiyarra - Irra Wangga Language Centre in Geraldton.

 

Wajarri country is inland from Geraldton, Western Australia, and extends as far south and west as Mullewa, north to Gascoyne Junction and east to Meekatharra.

Leeann Merrit is a Senior language worker at Bundiyarra - Irra Wangga Language Centre in Geraldton.

Leeann loves to teach children the Wajarri language and has produced a book called 'Balayi Mundungu' which means 'Look out for the monster'.

In this short video Leeann teaches body parts in the Wajarri language using a monster to enlighten her students!

Produced by Leeann Merrit and Chris Lewis for

ABC Open's Mother Tongue Project.

Creative commons music Menion - Colazione su saturno

 


 

Renovated & Ready Bundiyarra

Conference Room is Now Available to Hire 

Bundiyarra Conference Room

 Since the early 1900’s, Bundiyarra has been a

‘meeting place’.

Set amongst a natural bush setting, Bundiyarra exudes culture from the time you arrive.

The people at Bundiyarra are amazing, experts in their field and love to enjoy a good yarn with anyone that

wants to share culture.

By hiring our conference factility, you will be helping us to build many more significant facilities for our future.

 

Loads of FREE parking

 

 

Tucker included in the hire price

Traditional Lemon Myrtle Bush Tea served hot on arrival

Damper with Butter and Golden Syrup

Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Bushels and Green Tea

Other bit and pieces included in the price

Whiteboard

Data Projector and Screen

Sitting, waiting room

Multiple setup options

Choose from U Shape, Theatre or Group setup (max 30 pax)

Event, Cocktail setup (max 50 pax)

Price

Half Day: $175.00

Full Day : $320.00

 

Please respect our values; Bundiyarra does not permit the

consumption of drugs or alcohol on the grounds or inside the

buildings

 

To make a booking, inspect our Conference Room facilities or make an

enquiry please phone Kathleen Nelly on 9920 7900 or email your enquiry

to reception@bundiyarra.org.au

 


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"This months Local Language 'Badimaya' | mayidyi - Aboriginal man, Aboriginal person | dyuba - Child | murni - Woman, Female | dyudya murni - Old woman | dyudya - Old person |"
- Dwayne Smith