Winangalanga! The story of Dhinawan, Burraalga, Yaraay

Heritage Room, Tamworth Community Centre
Friday 8:45pm – 9:45pm
Saturday 8:45pm – 9:45pm

Winangalanga! The story of Dhinawan, Burraalga, Yaraay

written by Donna Gayford McLaren.

‘Winangalanga’ is an adaptation of traditional Gamilaraay stories, culture and language. It follows two dreaming stories of Dhinawan and Burraalga and leads to the culturally significant annual event of the Sun Dancing at Burra Bee Dee in the Pilliga Scrub, Coonabarabran. Winangalanga hopes to deliver deeper understanding of Gamilaraay culture and present ancient stories as the living stories they are with the same significant and direct relevance to contemporary times as they had in traditional times.

Dhinawan and Burraalga are best friends, sister cousins and mothers, who lose their valued friendship over jealousy and revenge. The breakdown of their friendship has tragic consequences for themselves and their community, and eventually requires intervention by the highest authority Bubaabidi (Baiame).

Donna Gayford McLaren is a Gamilaraay woman, whose family comes from Coonabarabran in Western NSW. She is a teacher, linguist and author. Donna teaches Gamilaraay language and language teaching methods and also provides linguistic and teaching support to Awabakal, Dhanggati, Worimi and Darug languages. She has developed Aboriginal language resources in various languages for use in schools and community programs and is currently completing her PhD in Aboriginal reclamation language pedagogies and practices through Charles Sturt University. Donna writes poetry, songs, children’s books, short stories, plays and novels and runs a variety of community based creative writing workshops.

Performed in Gamilaraay language and English.

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