Waradah

Under the shade of a giant fig tree mothers and aunties teach the jarjums (children) their language, songs and designs in preparation for the Ceremony.

Under the shade of a giant fig tree mothers and aunties teach the jarjums (children) their language, songs and designs in preparation for the Ceremony. The song-woman asks for the Ancestor’s guidance and sings so the children learn which path to follow.

Waradah, Waradah, Waradah
Yen(a)ma budjari gumada, 
Bubuwul muru Walanga
Waradah, Waradah, Waradah
Yen(a)ma birrung gumada,
Bubuwul muru Walanga

Waradah, good spirit, strong path, follow
Waradah, Ancestor’s spirit, strong path, follow

Arabella Smith

Arabella Smith

Arabella Smith plays the role of the gorgeous baby girl with no acting required! Yuin mother Mariko Smith brings her baby to receive the Waradah blessing from Darug women Jo-Anne Rey and Corina Marino along with her inquisitive young son Malakai.

Short excerpt from Waradah discoverable at Barangaroo Reserve as part of Barangaroo Ngangamay.

The Waradah song was composed by Corina Marino and re-created for our collaboration to honour women’s role birthing and raising of both girls and boys through the generations.

Daramu Yaranga – scar tree

The outer layers of bark are removed from a carefully selected tree when making a coolamon or shield. The tree continues a healthy life even though the process creates a scar on the tree. As all life is precious, a blessing should always be given as acknowledgement for the gift.

Bidjigal Elder Vic Simms provided strong cultural foundations and dedicated leadership for the men’s rock engravings. Uncle Vic is an inspirational speaker, carver and musician committed to sharing the unique history and culture of the region.

Uncle Vic Simms working on a rock engraving

Uncle Vic Simms working on a rock engraving

Uncle Vic Simms and Uncle Steve Russell

at work on a rock engraving.

Photos taken by Bonnie Elliott during the creation of Barangaroo Ngangamay by Amanda Jane Reynolds and Genevieve Grieves.