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Djarliny was written by Aboriginal teenagers from the small rural town of Narrogin in Western Australia. It is about listening to Noongar Elders when they are telling you about their land and culture.

Djarliny means ‘listen’ in Noongar, the traditional language of South Western Australia. It is a language that is classed as endangered as there are less than 350 fluent speakers alive.

This music video was part of a year long project delivered by Community Arts Network aimed to inspire young people to learn and embrace their language and traditional culture, whilst living a contemporary lifestyle.

The young people made the song with the assistance of hip hop producer Scott 'Optamus' Griffiths and Noongar songwriter Gina Williams.

The music clip is produced and directed by visual artist and filmmaker Poppy van Oorde-Grainger.


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  • Poppy van Oorde-Grainger
  • Young people from Narrogin WA
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    Music Video
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    3 minutes 31 seconds
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    October 31, 2016
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    10,000 AUD
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Director Biography - Poppy van Oorde-Grainger

Poppy van Oorde-Grainger is an Australian artist and filmmaker specialising in collaborating with communities. She has made work for Nickelodeon, Perth International Arts Festival, London International Festival of Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu in China and Macrobert in Scotland.

Poppy has completed a BA Fine Arts, Graduate Diploma in Primary Education and BA in Film and TV. She won the Fremantle Print Award in 2002 and the Australia Council Kirk Robson Award for young leaders in Community Cultural Development in 2010.

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