Indigenous tools for Perth Australia NAIDOC celebrations

Perth Airport has partnered with the Community Arts Network (CAN) to run a storytelling exhibition to honour the lives of respected Indigenous elders as part of NAIDOC week celebrations.

Perth Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer, Kate Holsgrove, said the land on which the airport operates forms part of the traditional network of communication routes, meeting places and camping sites of the Noongar people and Perth Airport are proud to recognise this rich cultural heritage.

“The multimedia truth telling exhibition – Nglauk Waangkiny – honours the lives and legacies of ten respected Indigenous Elders and will be available to view in Terminal 4 through July,” Ms Holsgrove said.

“In what will be a first for Perth Airport, large scale photos, quotes and podcast links will be displayed in the departure lounge, giving travellers the opportunity to look, listen and learn about Perth’s Indigenous history and culture.

“Through this exhibit we are pleased to be able to provide an opportunity for passengers to engage with and experience these fascinating and important Stories.”

CAN’s CEO, Wendy Martin, said that it was exciting to see the outcomes of CAN’s Elders truth-telling project and the Noongar language revival programs being showcased during NAIDOC week, particularly as each of these arts projects exemplify 2022’s theme – Get Up. Stand Up. Show Up.

The exhibition includes a stunning artistic representation of Boorloo (Perth) by Noongar/Saibai artist Tyrown Waiganga.

The Ngaluk Waagnkiny Elders featured are Uncle Ben Taylor, Aunty Muriel Bowie, Aunty Margaret Culbong, Uncle Farley Garlett, Aunty Theresa Walley, Uncle Noel Nannup, Aunty Irene and Uncle Albert McNamara and Aunty Doolann Leisha and Uncle Walter Eatts.

Perth Airport is committed to engaging with the local Indigenous community to recognise the strong connections with the airport estate.

Perth Airport will be celebrating NAIDOC Week 2022, with a range of performances and activities for travellers, visitors and staff to recognise and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.

“We have a Partnership Agreement with the Traditional Owners of the land as well as with the broader Noongar community, which provides the foundation for us to discuss airport planning and issues of cultural significance,” Ms Holsgrove said.

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that two of the elders featured in these exhibitions have passed away, however their names, voices and images are used with their permission.

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