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Behind the scenes with Wadawurrung Walking with Waa

18.02.2017

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Behind the scenes with Wadawurrung Walking with Waa

18.02.2017


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A chat with Aunty Marlene Gilson, her daughter, Deanne, and son, Barry, certainly proves otherwise.

This White Night Ballarat, the family trio are bringing Wadawurrung Walking with Waa to the streets of the city. The piece looks at Aboriginal history and is made up of 70 paintings created by Aunty Marlene and Deanne, which will be turned into a spectacle of projections on the night. The artwork depicts the old Ballarat town, which is inspired by stories of their ancestors and, in turn, leads to their preservation.

Moving through significant moments in time, like the Eureka rebellion, Wadawurrung corroborees and Dreamtime stories, the paintings also feature the totems Bunjil the eagle and Waa the crow, adding to the spiritual connection to country.

Alongside this, Barry is set to sing in the traditional Wadawurrung language for the first time in 180 years. This is of great significance, giving future generations the opportunity to learn these songs that are of importance to the tribe.

To catch this incredible piece, head down Unicorn Lane this White Night Ballarat to marvel at the artwork and listen as the traditional music swells beneath the blanket of night. To find out more, watch the video below.