Lullabies Midvale was the beginning of the Lullabies journey - CAN’s first steps with musicians Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, and artist Sharyn Egan into the world of children and families. Noongar language and participants’ sharing of stories came to life in Gina and Guy’s musical compositions while Sharyn inspired prolific doll making by the mothers, grandmothers and carers who came with their kulangas. This whorl of activity was warmly embraced by the Centre and seven beautiful songs resulted, including Djinda Djinda, a Noongar version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Our Lullabies train then choofed south to Collie Family Centre in the heart of Noongar Boodja where the knowledge, observations and humour of generous Elders and families led to some distinctly twinkly, country-style legacy songs. As this was emerging, artist Marcelle Riley filled the environment with flora and fire to create eco-dyed fabrics for more story dolls with families. The sentiments ran deep, as demonstrated in Little Country Town, a fine collaborative tribute to family, community and country that make Collie HOME.
From the intimate creative space of the project came work that struck a chord with many. Little Country Town was a finalist in the Outstanding Indigenous category of the WAM Song of the Year 2017-18 while dolls from participants were exhibited alongside Marcelle’s work at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery Noongar Art Prize in 2018.
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