Gumea Dharawal

Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages

In August 2019, First Nations students in Years 3-11 from Bomaderry High School, Vincentia High School and Nowra East Public School in partnership with Bundanon Trust came together for Poetry in First Languages workshops in Gumea Dharawal language.

Along with Gumea Dharawa language Custodians, Jacob Morris, Ethan BellAdrian Webster and Gumea Dharawal based, Woremi poet and Musician, Nicole Smede, students worked to create poetry and songs in language to celebrate the earth. Students were guided on a journey of new poetry creation, scaffolded by Gumea Dharawal language learning. 

The workshops were also supported by Jerrinja poet, Kaitlin Wellington.


Read student poems

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Songs and soundscapes

Students at Gumea Dharawal workshops recite poems created by Jacob Morris, Adrian Webster and Ethan Bell.
Recorded by Alan Giddy at Bundanon Trust, August 2019.

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