Official Opening of Liyan-ngan Nyirrwa Centre
The Liyan-ngan Nyirrwa Centre was a hive of activity on 28 June as NBY welcomed about 300 guests for the official opening of its fantastic new facility.
It was a privilege to welcome dignitaries and local community members to the centre for the event. Our most senior community members created a wonderful atmosphere with a smoking ceremony around the mosaic and guests mingled, explored the Bugarrigarra Nyurdany exhibition and enjoyed the gardens in the barrgana season evening while kids were busy in the sculptural play area.
Kullarri NAIDOC Week
Broome kicked off NAIDOC celebrations a week earlier than the rest of the nation to ensure participation by schools across the region. The annual NAIDOC Walk through Chinatown was one of the largest ever seen and we were happy to welcome Treasurer Ben Wyatt to the official launch of the week’s activities and flag raising at the Shire offices.
Congratulations to everyone who was acknowledged with awards at the NAIDOC Awards dinner, but we’d like to give a special congratulations to Philip Matsumoto, Yawuru PBC Board Director who was awarded Person of the Year. Nini Mills received the Community Leadership Award and Maxine Charlie, Chair of Yawuru’s Murra Mala Yawuru holding company was recognised for her Contribution to Culture and Arts.
Bugarrigarra Nyurdany – Because of the Dreaming
The exhibition Bugarrigarra Nyurdany – Because of the Dreaming was mounted in the Liyan-ngan Nyirrwa Cultural Wellbeing Centre during NAIDOC Week. The Liyan centre made a wonderful venue and it was great to see so many visitors and school students being toured through the grounds and engaging with our Yawuru guides who shared their knowledge and experience with the country, culture and heritage on display.
Told through the cycle of the six Yawuru seasons, the exhibition tells the story of survival and resilience of Yawuru people and their country in the face of the tremendous upheavals of the colonial encounter. Elements of the exhibition will be displayed over the year, with seasonal artefacts and artworks on show in the Liyan centre. Other elements are on permanent display in the NBY foyer, including the fascinating dioramas made by 2017 Transition to Work participants.
Repatriation of ancestors
Following the emotional repatriation in May of Yawuru and Karajarri ancestral remains from German institutions, work is continuing on the Wanggajarli Burugun repatriation project. Yawuru is working with national and international institutions on returning the remains of other ancestors who are still kept in museum collections, including the British Natural History Museum.
NBY’s Naomi Appleby is one of six Indigenous people from around the country to have been awarded an Encounters Fellowship from the ANU and her project is focusing on this important project. Naomi is working on research and relationships that will improve the repatriation outcomes, and on the final resting place for the ancestors.
There are a number of sets of remains in the Kimberley, in Perth and elsewhere which need to be returned and interred in a respectful way that recognises the colonial practice of treating Indigenous people as objects and curiosities. A significant memorial resting place is being developed to tell the story of colonial encounters and as a site for reconciliation for the whole community, acknowledging history and moving forward together.
A language party
NBY hosted a ‘Language Party’ for the annual Corrugated Lines Festival of Words, on 9 August. The evening event drew a crowd who relaxed on the lawns at the Liyan centre to listen to the Indigenous stories from around the world. The storytellers spoke in their mother tongue and shared insights into the cultural heritage through language.
Liyan-ngan Nyirrwa Cultural Wellbeing Centre
The Liyan-ngan Nyirrwa Cultural Wellbeing Centre is a community-focused venue has professional staff and state of the art facilities and can accommodate up to 100 people in a comfortable, architect-designed building set amongst a relaxing garden landscape.