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Place Names Walyalup
Community Arts Network
Professor Len Collard of Moodjar Consultancy and Elder Geri Hayden introduce Place Names Walyalup.
Explore this map of Walyalup and surrounds, and learn the ancient meanings embedded in each placename.
Len and Geri led workshops with Noongar Elders and community members decoding five prominent locations in Walyalup: Cantonment Hill, Bathers Beach, the Waterways, the Ocean and Rocky Bay. Learning the ancient meanings embedded in each placename.
Using a creative cultural mapping method led by arts practitioners, Natalie Scholtz, Elly Jones and Sandy McKendrick the Walyalup group explored the meanings and stories of the five placenames. Resulting in more than 40 individual artworks and a large-scale cultural map.
Working with videographers Peter Cheng and Drew Kendall this series of short films were produced to further capture the koort and kaartadjin of Place Names in Walyalup.
Dr Gerarrd Shaw, a Nyoongar Yued Whadjuk man, shares the meaning and memories of Dwertawirrinup | Cantonment Hill.
Dwertawirrinup is the place where two dwerta (dingoes) were the keepers of the mouth of the river, the spirit guards of the Beeliar (waterways) and the Wattern (ocean).
The dwerta (dingo) stands guard, looking over the river
and ocean, making sure the giant spirit yondock (crocodile)
is not reunited with his tail.
The Waugal (Rainbow Serpent) knew that if the tail and the
body of the spirit crocodile were ever reunited there would
be trouble, so he asked the dwerta to watch over the coast
to make sure this never happens again.
Christine Reich, a Goreng Elder, shares the meaning and memories of Wattern | Ocean.
For thousands of years, the Noongar people have maintained intimate cultural relationships with the land and sea. Over 13,000 years ago people could walk out to the surrounding islands before the sea rose to where it is today.
The Wattern has a strong connection to traditional
dreaming narratives and ancestral beings.
From Walyalup, a person’s spirit leaves to travel
across the Wattern towards their resting place.
CAN acknowledges the Noongar people of the Bibbulmun nation as the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work and live. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and honour all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of this nation. CAN is proud to work with people from all cultures, but we do so on the understanding of First Peoples, first.