Djuwima Djarra (Sharing Together)
Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation has launched its highly anticipated book of oral histories and photographs of the Dja Dja Wurrung People. The book’s title Djuwima Djarra - Dja Dja Wurrung: Kiakiki Wangedak (Sharing Together: Dja Dja Wurrung Our Story).
The book brings together over two hundred images, ranging from historical photographs held in archives with Museum Victoria and the Victorian State Library to Dja Dja Wurrung people’s personal collections. It includes the stories of nearly forty Dja Dja Wurrung people and we hope that this book is the first of many that tell Dja Dja Wurrung stories.
Graham Atkinson, Chair of Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, said, “It was a great project to be part of and provided a way to tell our old and new stories and put Dja Dja Wurrung back in the landscape that we were removed from”.
Aunty Linda Ford, a photographer and Dja Dja Wurrung Elder, shared her story in the book together with a number of her photographs. “I feel proud because I had my say in the chapter”, she said, adding “I wouldn’t be able to read my story out loud though, because I’d laugh, and then I’d probably cry!”
Aunty Calita Murray also shared her story in the book. She said, that the project “gives me the chance to connect to my great great grandmother’s Dja Dja Wurrung people, my people. I feel that this book will be appreciated in years to come.” She added “I am very proud to give this book to my grandchildren so that they can read about their Dja Dja Wurrung history.”
The stories are engaging and the book is beautiful – it would make the perfect gift for anybody visiting central Victoria, or anyone who calls the region home. The project was supported by the Federal Department of Environment, the City of Greater Bendigo and Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, La Trobe University and facilitated by historian Jessica Hodgens, who is writing her doctorate at Monash University’s Indigenous Centre.
Djuwima Djarra was launched on Sunday 23rd November at the La Trobe Visual Arts Centre to the Dja Dja Wurrung and broader community. A copy of the book is available for each member or for sale for $60.00 at selected book shops or from the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation on 03 5444 2888.