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.
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.