NAIDOC Week Event : Song Workshop with J.D. Penangke

When: 10:00 AM, Friday 7 July to 11:00 AM, Friday 7 July

Where: 99 Loftus Street, Leederville, Western Australia, 6007

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NAIDOC Week Event

The theme of NAIDOC Week 2017 is ‘Our Languages Matter’ and to celebrate we have invited Nyoongar artist J.D. Penangke to join us for a song workshop.

In this cultural workshop, J.D. teaches Nyoongar culture through song and participants will learn about traditional gender roles, language, native animals and the traditional way of life.

About J.D. Penangke

The Artist - Jade Dolman

Jade is a Whadjuk/Ballardong Nyoongar (Mother's side), Eastern Arrernte (Father's side) young woman from Perth. She remains connected to her culture through painting and family. She has a passion for creating change within the community and especially with Aboriginal youth. She reaches out by using different forms of art whether it be painting, dance or song.

The name J.D. Penangke comes from JadeDolman's initials and Penangke (pronounced pen-ung-ga) is her skin name which she inherited from her Father's line. Learn more by visiting her website.

About NAIDOC Week

2017 National NAIDOC Theme - Our Languages Matter

The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.

The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.

Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.

Read more on the NAIDOC website.

Bookings are essential.


Venue: City of Vincent Library
Cost: Free
How to Book:
Email: libadmin@vincent.wa.gov.au
Phone: 9273 6090
Book online