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Case Study: The Nyoongar Place Names Initiative

Building on Professor Collard’s long-term research, powerful model of collaboration that brings research, community engagement and creative outcomes together has been developed by the Community Arts Network (CAN) and Professor Len Collard over its five-year Noongar Place Names program.

The program engaged communities across Noongar country and beyond in the Aboriginal stories, language and culture, and meanings of the names for towns and places; and brought them to life through film and art.

For an investment of $1.5 million over five years, CAN have produced Place Names programs in Langford, Albany (Kinjaring), Katanning and Moora, and has involved:

  • 599 participants
  • 27 partners
  • 112 workshops, and
  • 253 works created

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