Monday, 27 October 2014

A sunny day and clear water, perfect for filming Whadjuk Elders by the Swan River

As a direct result of the advice of the Noongar Advisory Panel and the Maarli Riverpark Interpretation Plan for the Swan and Canning Rivers that Anthropos Australis facilitated and in the latter case contributed to, this firm has been engaged by the Swan River Trust to commence filming the stories of several Whadjuk Elders for inclusion on virtual trail guides.
The cast and crew at Heathcote

The filming with four Whadjuk Elders took place on Friday, 24th of October with Marie Taylor, Noel Morich, Corrie Bodney and Roma Reidy.  The Elders shared stories of the Swan River at Blackwall Reach, Point Walter and Heathcote.

The weather was perfect for filming, and Nic Green, Thea Orr and Sam Field accompanied by Ben Ansell of the Swan River Trust thoroughly enjoyed being on the banks of the river working with the Elders to record the stories.


Noel Morich and Marie Taylor telling Whadjuk stories at the start of the trail at Blackwall Reach

Editing is currently underway of the footage, and audio clips will eventually be available on a number of websites via QR Codes so that people can listen to the stories as they walk along this part of the Swan River.  The stories include the creation of the deep water at Blackwall Reach, the limestone cliffs, the Point Walter Sandbar and other natural features.

It is hoped that future funding by the Western Australian Government to the Swan River Trust will enable more of these stories to be recorded by the Whadjuk people to ensure they are not lost as well as to ensure that non-Aboriginal people can learn about the rich Aboriginal culture that envelopes the Swan and Canning rivers.

Marie Taylor and Corrie Bodney at Blackwall Reach
Filming underway at Point Walter

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