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Creating Kwobidak Maawit

Creating Kwobidak Maawit
By Community Arts Network
14 November 2018

Developed and delivered in collaboration with Elders, their families and local partners, Kwobidak Maawit: Noongar Lullabies from Bunbury was brought to life in a series of workshops delivered by Noongar artists and facilitators, Charmaine Councillor and Marcelle Riley.

Ten, weekly sessions at South West Aboriginal Medical Services (SWAMS) Kwilenap Maternal Health Clinic in Australind, offered structured language learning for Clinic clients, followed by relaxed dollmaking and yarning over a table laden with bush-dyed fabrics and thread. In between the birthing stories, memories, laughs and tears, women of many generations supported each other in their learning and creativity.

  • LULLABIES 08 SONGWRITING WORKSHOP
  • LULLABIES 05 SONGWRITING OWRKSHOP
  • LULLABIES 11 SONGWRITIN WORKSHOP

Families joined the women in song writing and recording weekends at Roelands Village in mid-2018 where everyone pulled together to produce 19 songs that celebrate the hopes and fears of impending birth and the interconnectedness of family and community life. They are a rich legacy for future generations.

Along with that, ten exquisite story dolls handmade under Marcelle’s watchful eye were exhibited at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery during NAIDOC Week.


  • LULLABIES 20 SWAMS EVENT
  • Kwobidak Maawit Noongar Lullabies from Bunbury 13 web
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Kwobidak Maawit album and songbook were launched at a community celebration on the lawns of Bunbury Regional Art Gallery and broadcast live by Noongar Radio. The event gave participants an opportunity to share the songs (and personal stories behind them) with the community.

All songs from the Kwobidak Maawit album are available to stream.

Since Lullabies Bunbury was completed, CAN has responded to many requests from health professionals and educators to reference Kwobidak Maawit in their programs.

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