Wirramarri Dancers, 2021
In 2019, when the tragic Menindee Fish Kill event saw one million fish die on the Barka/Darling River, the Narrandera Fisheries Centre was responsible for the rescue and care of the surviving native fish, including the breeding of over 60,000 new fish to be returned to the Barka/Darling River.
During 2020, the Cad Factory and the Clontarf Academy worked with the Narrandera Fisheries Centre to understand and share the connections between our two different river systems and how we can come together to understand our world through a sharing of arts, science and ancient knowledges.
We participated in breeding and caring for the fingerlings before travelling to Menindee to hand them back to Barkindji Aunties and River Rangers. More on this outcome is available on the From Menindee project page.
In April 2021 we joined the Narrandera community at the Marrambidya/Murrumbidgee River for a family friendly event that explored art, science and ancient knowledges through storytelling, projections and cultural dance.
This performance was created through a partnership between the Clontarf Academy at Narrandera High School, the Narrandera Fisheries Centre, the Cad Factory and Barkindji Elders.
This very special performance shares our deep and emotional journey, where cross-cultural relationships are enacting reconciliation by honouring all life forms and their ancient connection to place.
Wirramarri: Long Way From Home Performance
Saturday 24 April 2021
5pm: Bring your own picnic and enjoy the sunset
BYO food, drinks, camping chairs and picnic rugs. Please wear enclosed shoes as you will need to walk around the site. There will be uneven ground.
This project is supported by Create NSW, Department of Primary Industries, National Museum of Australia, Sidney Myer Fund, Bendigo Bank Narrandera, the Clontarf Academy, Narrandera High School, Narrandera Fisheries Centre and the Cad Factory.