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Moora

Kep Gabi Launch 233 web

Tash Gillespie

Elly Jones showing sand mandala to a child, Place Names Moora

OVERVIEW

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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