“Baraya: Sing up Country” was a Sydney Festival project inviting choirs and the local community to come together to learn a new song in the local Aboriginal language of Sydney, performed at the WugulOra Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo on the 26 January. The song was composed by elder Jacinta Tobin and by Nardi Simpson a former member of the Stiff Gins.
The performance was on the Walumil Lawns at Barangaroo Reserve, at 8am for 30 minutes, but the choir call time was 6:45am (in time for the Welcome the Sun ceremony). !!
There was a combined rehearsal on 21 Jan at the UTS Great Hall 10am-1pm.
As well as the ceremony on 26 Jan there was an installation on Observatory Hill, Darug language classes in the city and in Parramatta, and a viewing of artifacts in the State Library of NSW (see www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2017/sing-up).
The Darug language is featured in the 2017 Sydney Festival as described below. It stretches from the freshwater country at the base of the Blue Mountains to the coastal salt water country
Sat 7 to Sun 29 Jan at Tar-ra (Dawes Point or Observatory Hill) from 6am to 11pm
From 1790–91, Patyegarang – a young Aboriginal woman – shared with Lieutenant William Dawes some of the local language during frequent visits to his hut at ‘Tar-ra’ (Dawes Point Park).
At this site, hear Lille Madden – a young Gadigal woman – reading the word-lists and sentences gifted to Dawes by Patyegarang. The event is free and I guess you can just drop in.
Sat 21 and 28 Jan at 2pm for 90 minutes in the Gallery Room at the State Library of NSW
Get up close and personal with rare collection items relating to the history of Sydney language. Be one of the few to lay eyes on these records rarely seen by the public. The event is free and you can register at the web site above. I clicked on “Join Waitlist” and gave my email address (on 9 Dec 2016) but that’s as far as I got.
Drop-in classes on Sat 14 Jan (10-noon) and Sat 21 Jan (2-4pm)
Three day course on 9, 11 and 13 Jan (Mon, Wed, Fri) from 10am till noon
Three day course on 16, 18 and 20 Jan (Mon, Wed, Fri) from 2pm till 4pm
Held in the Macquarie Room at the State Library of NSW
The event is free and you can register at the web site above. I clicked on “Join Waitlist” and gave my email address (on 9 Dec 2016) but that’s as far as I got.
There are also lessons run in Parramatta (see www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2017/language-parramatta).
There are 12 YouTube clips of Aunty Jacinta Tobin teaching Darug words, starting with session 1. The words are:
Warami – Hello
Yuin – Yes (also a peoples of part of East Coast)
Biyal – No
Yanu – Good bye
Dyin – Woman (not quite “gin” as in the “Stiff Gins”)
Mulla – Man
Lyora – People
Wiyanga – Mother
Biyanga – Father
Babana – Brother
Djurumin – Sister
Burwi – East
Bayinmarri – West
Badjayalang – South
Buruwan – North
Bulbuwul – Strong
Butbut – Heart
Gabara – Head
Bayala – Speak (or Language)
Baraya – Sing
Nangami – Dream
Yanada – Moon
Guwing – Sun
Darrabarra – Daylight
Minak – Darkness
Garrigarang – ocean, sea
Bondi – Water breaking (over rocks)
Walan – Rain
Badu – Water (fresh)
Guwiyang – Fire
Guwayana – Wind
Bemal – Earth
Bilya – Laugh
Yabun – Play music
Dangura – Dance
Budjari – Good
Budjari Mulinawal – Good morning
Budjari Gamarruwa – Good afternoon
Budjari Nguwing – Good evening (see Guwing – Sun)
Gawi – Come here ! (like coo-ee)
Walu – Chin, or Where are you going? (can gesture with chin)
Wara wara – Go away !
Didjarigura – Enough already, or a bit like thanks