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Boola Boola Birds

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In 2019, CAN partnered with Aboriginal football and leadership group the Djinda Falcons to deliver Boola Boola Birds, a multigenerational creative arts project that honoured Western Australia’s distinctive native birdlife.

Project facilitators and artists Carol Foley, Lea Taylor, Matthew McVeigh and Steven Finch guided participants through the process of crafting woven birds and writing poems about birdlife, sharing practical skills and insights along the way.

Intergenerational knowledge transfer was nurtured by storytelling sessions with Elders, while poetry workshops empowered participants to develop new modes of creative expression while strengthening their connection to Noongar language and culture.

The project resulted in an art installation of 34 magnificent woven birds being displayed at the State Theatre Centre of WA as a part of NAIDOC Week’s Ngala-Daa Waangkiny exhibition, with the launch event showcasing powerful spoken word poetry performances from Noongar community members.

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