Warra warra wai were the first words spoken to Cook and his men; famously recorded in Parkinson’s journal and often repeated. Join us to explore the meaning behind these words, drawing on the collections of the State Library and the ongoing research by Dharawal people into this important history. What do these words mean today, literally and symbolically?
After the talk, the Indigenous Engagement Branch will showcase some of the rare and important items from the collection which offer us insights into the Sydney Coast, its languages and its peoples.
The program is supported by the Library’s Living Language: Country, Culture, Community exhibition, which celebrates the resilience of our Aboriginal languages, using original documents and interviews with language custodians on Country.
The exhibition has been guided by Elders and custodians, whose knowledge and experience have enhanced and challenged the understanding of Aboriginal language materials in the Library’s collection. The exhibition was created in response to the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages.