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Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 09:00

As part of the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, and a commitment to revitalise Gija language, which is an endangered Australian Aboriginal language, Warmun Art Centre are working in partnership with the Swinburne University of Technology to present “Warrmarn Ngarrangarni.” The film is proudly funded by the Australian Government Indigenous Languages and Arts Program. This Gija language short film explores themes of Ngarrangarni (Dreamings) associated with Warmun, and the story of Warmun’s most famous Joonba (corroborree) known as the Goorrir Goorrir, which came to artist Rover Thomas after a visitation from the ghost of an old lady who passed away in Turkey Creek immediately after Cyclone Tracey devastated Darwin. Rover’s contemporaries helped him to recount the epic saga in Gija language through a performance narrative Joonba, complete with artist painting props known as dance boards. The Gija contemporary art movement was birthed from painting dancing boards rich with Gija storytelling. This film was co-directed by Gija Cultural knowledge holder Gabriel Nodea and Justin Brown from Browndog productions, based on the Warrmarn Ngarrangarni told to Gabriel by the late artist Hector Jandany, and on the Goorrir Goorrir Joonba. Gija elders Rusty Peters, Eileen Bray, Mabel Juli and Shirley Drill worked with linguist Frances Kofod to recount the stories told in this film. The film cast and crew are Gija community members from Warmun, and the entire film was shot on location in Gija lands. The film launch at the University of Swinburne will be followed by an artist talk, and a chance for audience to meet some of the artists

Event location: 
Swinburne Technology John St Hawthorn VIC 3122
Event organiser: 
Swinburne University of Technology and Warmun Art Centre
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