Bush Babies in Goolmalling took the the form of an intergenerational project Goomalling Yarns, which combined hip hop, oral histories, photography and printmaking.
Senior community members shared historic photos and stories of when people were living in the bush, reserves, missions and on the outskirts of town. More than 350 historic photos where identified in this process and uploaded to the WA State Library’s Storylines archive. The photographs, including the significant Mavis Walley Collection, document generations of Noongar families living in and around Goomalling since as early as 1925.
The seniors' stories were recorded by oral historians Bill Bunbury and Jemma King, and used to create a radio documentary. Young people were then invited to reinterpret these stories and images using photography and hip hop with photographers Nat Brunovs and Mary Parker and hip hop MC Scott Griffiths. The senior community members used their photos and stories to create mixed media artworks with artists Poppy van Oorde-Grainger and Iris Guilmartin, which are included in the oral history/hip hop CD package.
“My mum managed to become an enthusiastic amateur photographer at a time when it was almost unheard of for an Aboriginal person to own a camera, let alone use it to record everyday family and community life”
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