Tourism Australia Head of Indigenous Aff

Kep Gabi - Stories from Yued Country  

[by Michelle White]

Kep Gabi Story Tellers and Place Names team – from R to L - Sandy McKendrick, Evelyn Dawson,Professor Len Collard, Milton Mogridge, Cheryl Chipper, Colin Headland, Kelly Prior, June Headland, Margaret Drayton, Diane Mippy. Image: supplied

An intimate collection of stories told by the local Elders and community members of Moora share the Aboriginal history of Moora and surrounding towns, adding a rich layer of knowledge to the regions well recorded rural narrative.

 

Through CAN’s Place Names community art project, the Yued community has produced an illustrated book, a series of story podcasts and visual artworks – all which will feature in an exhibition in the main street of Moora.

 

The storytellers shared their knowledge and memories during a creative engagement process to decode the meaning and importance of Noongar places in the region.

 

“Emanating from these memories was the recurring theme of kep/gabi (water), which was the lifeblood of Yued Noongar people. What we “hear” in these stories is the significance of the water ways to history, place, family, and culture,” said CAN CEO Monica Kane.

 

For the past four years, Professor Len Collard, of the University of Western Australia, and Community Arts Network (CAN) have been piloting a Place Names project which brings together Noongar place names research and a community arts and cultural development (CACD) methodology.

 

“Place Names Moora and Kep Gabi provides a local oral history that members of the Yued Noongar people have chosen to make visible, to ensure that these stories and truths are shared with future generations, so that all West Australians will know the significance and meaning behind the local places and names upon which we all now live,” said Monica Kane.

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