"Wanjoo wanjoo kwobidak koorda!" - (Welcome welcome beautiful friends!)
Some time ago, Gina Williams wrote a little welcome song, "Wanjoo", in Noongar language. This is a rare, beautiful language, with very few fluent speakers left. The purpose of this song was to teach herself and her three children some words of welcome from Noongar country.
In the seven years since, this humble little song has reached more than 35,000 people across the country. It's been taught at major festivals and primary schools alike. Gina runs workshops teaching the song, with the view to having Noongar language represented by as many people as possible. The song has been translated into other Indigenous dialects and Gina's original vision has now shifted to reaching a MUCH broader audience.
She's now asking you to join her on the next phase of this journey; in the creation of a book, using the lyrics of the song and illustrations done by the amazing students at Ashfield Primary School.
Your support will enable schools to access this language in a new and beautiful way, engaging with children to deliver a message of inclusiveness and reconciliation. This campaign will also kickstart a "pay it forward" system, where proceeds from book sales will enable access by schools which have smaller numbers (and don't necessarily have the budget to host a workshop).
Funds raised will be used to design, print and launch this book. There are THREE things you can do to help:
- Purchase a copy of Wanjoo through Gina Williams' website
- Share this through your networks and encourage your friends to get involved. It's a wonderful thing to be able to share Noongar Language, and this book will enable schools with small numbers of students (and small budgets) to be able to access these workshops.
- Sign up on the Wanjoo Facebook page to receive the latest updates on the progress of this little project.
Proceeds from book sales will be used in a "pay it forward" system, which will enable schools with small numbers (and no budget) to access to Gina's workshops.