CANWA logo


Place Names


PN Albany overview MOB


With the support of Community Arts Network, a group of high school students from Albany joined Menang Elders and community members to make a documentary, Noongar Boodja, that celebrated Noongar place names, language and culture.

During the project, the students learnt about filmmaking via a series of intensive workshops led by filmmaker Rafael Baro where the students gained in-depth knowledge about documentary filmmaking. Covering everything from camera operation, to filming techniques and scriptwriting. Artist Lincoln MacKinnon also joined the team to teach the editing process.

Beyond gaining filmmaking skills, the project also facilitated the intergenerational exchange of culture and knowledge. Student-led interviews with Noongar Elders documented stories and significant places while fostering knowledge-sharing between generations.
This led to Noongar Boodja, a short film that explores the concept of dual naming prominent locations while highlighting the connection between language, place and identity. Noongar Boodja was launched in Albany in August 2018, before being distributed to global film festivals.

Project Process

Browse related blogs
PN Albany Yorgas


Moodich Yorgas Yudarn Yarns

19 August 2018

PN Albany Blog


Making Noongar Boodja

19 August 2018

Project Testimonials

“Noongar language to our culture is important, it’s our identity, it belongs to us, it’s significant, it’s special, and it’s the only one in the world. For us to ignore that is abandoning our being.”

Project Outcomes

Browse all artworks
View all projects


Be part of a movement that believes community participation in the arts can transform lives, inspire change and create a more inclusive society for us all.

Donations will support creative programs that make a genuine difference to the communities we work with.


Get all the latest news from CAN in our monthly E-news…

Privacy Policy

CAN Perth Head Office

Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

PO Box 7514 Cloisters Square WA 6850

King Street Arts Centre
Ground Floor 357-365 Murray St
Perth WA 6000

08 9226 2422

ABN: 72106364407

Connect with CAN