Elly Jones showing sand mandala to a child, Place Names Moora
Honouring the strength, resilience, and cultural pride of Yued people, Place Names Moora brought to the fore previously untold stories from Yued Country. Through the written word, podcasts, visual art and photography, the project celebrated the powerful lived experiences of Elders and community members who recalled their childhood memories of growing up in Moora and the surrounding areas.
Many Elders shared their memories with community artist Sandy McKendrick,
who was then invited by the storytellers to create watercolours of their
recollections. These vivid reflections and artworks have been published in Kep Gabi: Stories from Yued Country. With its recurring theme of kep/gabi
(water) and its significance to history, place, family, and culture for the Yued
people, the Kep Gabi publication documents these culturally significant stories
so they might be shared with younger generations and the wider community.
Audio versions of the stories were also published in a podcast series produced in partnership with Noongar Radio and narrated by Noongar artists Cyndy Moody and Daniel Hansen. The podcast, book and visual artworks were launched at a public exhibition at Gardiner Street Arts Collective, with the podcast also available to a global audience of listeners via Spotify. The exhibition’s impact was felt throughout Moora with schools connecting with Elders and local organisations keen to platform local Noongar stories.
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Sandy is an arts practitioner who works across performance, puppetry and multimedia. She runs Sandpiper Productions, a company creating hybrid art collaborations and performances locally and nationally. She has been an artist in residence in Zambia, South Korea, Cocos and Christmas Island. She is driven by a passion to give voice to the unheard.
Sandy was involved in CAN’s Place Names Moora project, working with local Elders and community members to explore their stories, experiences and languages of Moora and surrounding areas.
Elly is a community music making enthusiast. With a passion for creating connections and opportunities for people to be heard, Elly has worked in a variety of roles including coordinating arts and health projects, supporting young people to develop social action projects and empowering young people with an Out-of-Home Care experience to advocate for their rights and create positive systemic change.
As a recent member of the CAN family, Elly is coordinating CAN’s Lullabies project. Lullabies brings together Noongar families to learn and celebrate Noongar and use these language skills in creative outlets including songwriting, lullabies and doll making.
In her spare time, Elly loves being outside running and biking, making music and singing with friends.
Geri has worked with both Aboriginal community organisations, non-government organisations and government bodies. As the former chairperson of the Southern Aboriginal Corporation she gained experience working in Noongar communities to implement social justice and wellbeing projects. She worked as a project officer with South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council for several years and has been a part of the South West Native Title Settlement, the largest native title settlement in Australian history, which will affect an estimated 30,000 Noongar People 200,000 square kilometres in South West WA.
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Len Collard is a Whadjuk Nyungar Traditional Owner of the Perth metropolitan area and Professor at School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia. Len’s ground breaking theoretical work and research around decoding Noongar Place Names of the Southwest of Australia has put Nyungar Cultural research on the local, national and international stages.
With a background in literature and communications, Len’s research has allowed the broadening of the understanding of the many unique characteristics of Australian Aboriginal people and contributes to the appreciation of Aboriginal culture and heritage of the Southwest Australia.