Code Crackin' the Noongar Places


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Free event


State Library Theatre - Ground Floor

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Elders Len Collard, a world leader in traditional placenaming, and Geri Hayden, lead facilitator of Community Arts Network’s (CAN) Noongar Place Names program, will host a unique workshop which takes participants on a deeper dive into Noongar language, history and place making.  

Participants will look at case studies and a practical demonstration of placenaming using the Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili map – which shows the original wetlands system of the Swan River, upon which the Perth CBD was built – to learn about the importance of understanding Noongar language for reconciliation, re-colonisation and remembering place.  

About Noongar Place Names 

Inspired by Professor Len Collard’s seminal research, CAN and Moodjar Consultancy have developed a community-led, creative model for decoding the ancient meanings embedded in Noongar placenames. 

Place Names is an inclusive community arts and cultural development project produced by Community Arts Network in partnership with Moodjar Consultancy and the Noongar community. 

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This page last updated on 26 May 2022