The Djirri Djirri dancers

TarraWarra Museum of Art

Djirri Djirri Ngarrga Ceremony in the Tea Tree Forest by the Birrarung, on Wurundjeri Country, Warburton.

The Djirri Djirri dancers at Toolangi Forest, 2018
Duration
4 minutes

The Djirri Djirri dancers are the only Wurundjeri female dance group, and also Traditional Custodians of Narrm (Melbourne). Djirri Djirri means Willy Wagtail in Woiwurrung, the language of Wurundjeri people.

Our dances are created to honour our Liwik (Ancestors), Kerr-up-non (Family), Biik (Country) and animals.

This dance, the ‘djirri djirri’ honours the spirit bird who gave us dance!

The movements represent the passing on of cultural knowledge from one generation to the next.

"Spirit’s messenger, willy wagtail, brings us this dance from long ago.

He tells us to dance proud, to renew many dances, we paint our bodies to dance.

We danced yesterday, we embrace many dances today."

About the Artists

Djirri Djirri are the only Wurundjeri female dance group, and they are also Traditional Custodians of Narrm (Melbourne). Many of members of the group have danced since they were young children, while others have learnt as adults.

Their dances are created to honour their Liwik (Ancestors), Kerr-up-non (Family), Biik (Country) and animals. The group are all related by blood through one woman, Annie Borate, William Barak's sister. The dancers also learn to sing in Woiwurrung language, their Mother Tongue.

TarraWarra Museum of Art acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the original custodians of the lands and waters on which the Museum stands and we extend our respect to their community, their Ancestors, and their Elders, past, present and emerging.

This project was commissioned by TarraWarra Museum of Art for Victoria Together and is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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