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Whales, Seals and Wirlo Stories at Albany Town Hall

Published on Wednesday, 29 May 2024 at 12:20:00 PM

The City of Albany is proud to host an exhibition showcasing artworks from the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories picture books at the Albany Town Hall next month.

The Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories community group is dedicated to preserving and revitalising the rich cultural heritage of the Noongar people in south-western Australia.

Led by Elders, the group engages in activities that foster appreciation for the enduring stories of the south coast.

Through language workshops, storytelling sessions, and community events, the group consolidates and shares stories and songs to ensure their heritage is passed down to future generations.

These efforts have led to the publication of six picture books, presenting revitalised stories connected to ancestral places on the south coast.

The books feature captivating tales of whale journeys, groper boys, spirit fights, and dogs that turn into seals.

Illustrated in local workshops and first circulated within the community, these stories are now reaching a wider audience.

Manager Arts and Culture Paul Nielsen said the City is honoured to showcase this important cultural work during NAIDOC week.

“We are privileged to showcase the beautiful artworks from the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories picture books,” he said.

“The exhibition is significant during NAIDOC week as it celebrates and promotes understanding of Noongar culture, aligns with the week’s themes of cultural preservation and empowerment, and fosters community unity and reconciliation.

“This exhibition not only highlights the artistic talent within the Noongar community but also underscores the importance of preserving and sharing these invaluable cultural stories.”

Artworks from the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories picture books opens on 7 June until 13 July 2024 at the Albany Town Hall.



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