Yirra Yaakin

Recently our students were treated to a performance by the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. Yirra Yaakin call this boodjar kaatijin – learning about the land. Dreamtime stories were told throughout each of the different performances, with representations of animals in the bush. There was a lot of laughter from the audience and students called out to the characters in true pantomime form.

It was great to see the students remembering the names for the animals in the Noongar language. They were able to spot the Koorlbardi (magpie), Ningar (echidna), Koya (frog), Waich (Emu), Yonga (kangaroo), Kara (spider) and many more!

There were also a few surprises like how Kings Park and Wave Rock came to be. Kings Park was a frog that got stuck in the mud when the tide went out and became covered in seaweed. Wave Rock was the place that a spirit woman leaped into the air to save the spirit children in her hair.

The students were very interested in the stories and were eager to ask questions after.

It was a truly wonderful experience!



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