Bindaran, which is taking over Forrest Place from Thursday 28 April to Sunday 1 May, will also share stories of Perth and the Nyoongar season of Djeran and will be controlled by 10 local puppeteers.
Djeran marks the cooler change of weather and is one of six seasons in the Nyoongar seasonal calendar which covers the southwest of Australia. The seasons are Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang. They may be long or short and do not follow the calendar. Rather, what’s happening around us is used as marking their beginning or end. For example, the flowering of various plant species, the hibernation of reptiles and the moulting of swans.
This calendar is a guide for the Nyoongar people as to what is happening at every stage of the year and contributes to the understanding and care of the land, from plants to animal fertility and land preservation. It’s extremely important for country.
These stories will be shared by Nyoongar Elders via speakers installed in the puppet.
Bindaran’s haunting look and incredible visuals will add a new dimension to storytelling through movement and light,” Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said.
“I encourage everyone to come to the City to enjoy this spectacular show and to learn about our indigenous culture.”
Performances will begin at sunset, so approximately around 5:30pm, from Thursday 28 April to Sunday 1 May.