Song­line passed on to col­lege students

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

COMO Sec­ondary Col­lege students un­der­took a cre­ative his­tory les­son this month with singer song­writer Gina Wil­liams.

The col­lege’s Year 7 students joined Ms Wil­liams, a proud Bal­ladong woman with links through her grand­mother to the Gitja peo­ple of the East Kim­ber­ley, in learn­ing a wel­come song in Noon­gar.

Wil­liams be­gan her mu­si­cal ca­reer in 2014 af­ter she saw her lan­guage dy­ing out.

“Our lan­guage is rare; it’s not com­monly spo­ken and it is unique to Aus­tralia,” she said.

“It has been re­duced to a whisper and I don’t want to see that con­tinue to hap­pen.

“Teach­ing this lan­guage to students is fan­tas­tic be­cause they learn some­thing new about where they come from and we get a lot back from the kids as well, with them usu­ally ask­ing fairly in­sight­ful ques­tions that keep us on our toes.”

Wil­liams, with her mu­si­cal partner Guy Ghouse, re­leased her sec­ond al­bum Bindi Bindi in Fe­bru­ary.

“It is a priv­i­lege to do what we do and I am pas­sion­ate about it; I am pas­sion­ate about hav­ing this lan­guage heard by as many dif­fer­ent peo­ple as we pos­si­bly can,” she said.

Picture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d481541

Como Sec­ondary Col­lege students Flynn Narkle, Alice Archer, Al­leyah Gidgup-But­ler, Colin Carr and Jazmin Kenyon with Gina Wil­liams.

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