Bush Babies was a multi-faceted community arts project that preserved and celebrated the stories of Noongar babies born in the bush and the midwives who delivered them.
In 2010 a group of local Quairading community members came together for a reunion at the Badjaling Noongar Reserve in the Central Wheatbelt, sharing photographs, stories and memories of the Reserve. This reunion sowed the seeds of the Bush Babies project, which ran until 2016 with a total of 8 phases held across regional WA. While each community was unique in its approach to the storytelling, arts and research process, the sharing, recording and celebrating of Noongar stories were at the heart of each project phase.
Bush Babies culminated in a range of arts outcomes including publications, exhibitions and precious memorabilia, all celebrating Noongar culture and history. Thanks to participants who generously shared their stories, the Bush Babies project preserved Noongar history for future generations and facilitated community healing.
The Bush Babies project was produced by CAN and funded by the Federal Government.