As the sun sets on the horizon, the guragalunggalyung (young women) paint each other with ochre and place shell and feather adornments in each other’s hair.
As the sun sets on the horizon, the guragalunggalyung (young women) paint each other with ochre and place shell and feather adornments in each other’s hair. Humming and singing as they prepare to make their way to the Ceremonial ground.
Tari miba inyam ngalawaba
We will always live here
Short excerpt from Tari Miba discoverable at Barangaroo Reserve as part of Barangaroo Ngangamay.
Sisters Maddy and Lille Madden and cousin Miah Madden are young women filled with creative talent and inspiration making their way in the world. Already accomplished artists in many fields, their talent and beauty signals the strength of the next generation.
The Tari Miba song was composed by Lille Madden who drew inspiration from a young woman Patyegarang who lived at the time of British colonization.
The echidna is an important totem and animal that features in Creation Stories and old rock art galleries in the region. The totemic system encodes spiritual connectedness between humans and other life, and methods for resource management. People have a responsibility to look after their totems and vice versa. This particular rock engraving signals the importance of teaching and supporting the next generations.
Gadigal Elder Uncle Allen Madden provided knowledge, support and guidance for the development of the rock engraving project, advising on concept, method and future opportunities for the creation of cultural teaching spaces.
The echidna rock engraving coming to life
The Elders working together on a rock engraving
Photos taken by Bonnie Elliott during the creation of Barangaroo Ngangamay by Genevieve Grieves and Amanda Jane Reynolds.