Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project

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Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project

Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project is comprised of family members descended from the south-west of Western Australia interested in publishing and promoting stories from the region. The Project seek to reclaim Wirlomin stories and dialect in support of the maintenance of Noongar language, and to share them with Noongar families and communities. Inspired by creation stories told to the American linguist Gerhardt Laves at Albany around 1931 and returned to the Noongar people by his family after his death in the 1980s, the stories in this series - Mamang, Noongar Mambara Bakitj, Dwoort Baal Kaat and Yira Boornak Nyininy – have been workshopped through a series of community meetings involving artist, linguists and elders, some of whom told the original stories to Laves in 1931.