Keeping Culture Strong Noongar Elders and Law Men 1830-1910
In this photo Woolberr is being painted by Monnop in preparation for the public corroboree performance.
Monnop is painting Genburdong as the other men watch. Some of the younger men would have watched without participating - depending on their age and level of initiation.
Joobaitch was an Elder from the Guildford area who was born in 1830. He lived through the first years of the Swan River Colony. Joobaitch can be seen in this image shaving soft wood to create the headpieces used in the corroboree.
William Monop (Monnop) was a Yued Noongar from the Victoria Plains area. He grew up at New Norcia shepherding for Bishop Salvado and maintained his Yued language and knowledge throughout his life.