Yaranga Guwaga

As the kookaburra calls out before the dawning of a new day, the dyinuragang (Elder) rises to gather the elements and call upon the Ancestors, Country and women to come together for Ceremony.

As the kookaburra calls out before the dawning of a new day, the dyinuragang (Elder) rises to gather the elements and call upon the Ancestors, Country and women to come together for Ceremony.

yaranga guwaga, yaranga guwaga, yaranga guwaga 
pemul-burra madjudji dyinalyung darimi

we mark the time, we mark the time, we mark the time of remembering
the earth and sky are joined by women long-time

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

Aunty Lois Birk

Yaegl woman Aunty Lois Birk so gracefully and powerfully performs the role of the dyinuragang (Elder) and awakens the northern connections for our newly created song-cycle. We acknowledge her guidance and Eldership throughout our collaboration and pay homage to all the dyinuragang (Elders) who have come before us.

Yannadah Barragi – crescent moon rock engraving

The new moon is an important indicator in many areas of cultural knowledge. Some ceremonies are strengthened by the new moon and others are performed at different times of the lunar cycle. This particular rock engraving signals time to callout for a big gathering.

Guringai man Uncle Laurie Bimson is one of the three male Elders who carved the rock engravings onsite at Barangaroo Reserve. He also offered welcome and support for all the women as we gathered for workshops in northern Sydney to collaborate and prepare our project honouring the Old Lady Barangaroo of the Cammeraygal clan.

The Elders (L_R) Vic Simms, Laurie Bimson and Steve Russell holding a smoking ceremony

The Elders (L-R) Vic Simms, Laurie Bimson and Steve Russell holding a smoking ceremony 

Uncle Laurie Bimson working on the crescent moon rock engraving

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

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