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Past Events Bearing Kaurna Names and Featuring Kaurna Language
From time to time cultural events, workshops or conferences held in the city precincts bear Kaurna names (here written in the spelling of the original sources). These events include:
At Tandanya :
Adelaide Festival Centre:
Wodliparri Indigenous Family Day, Feb. 15 2003.
Adelaide Festival of Arts
Since 1998, the Adelaide Festival of Arts has been opened with the involvement of Kaurna people, on whose land the event takes place. The 2002 Festival was the high point of Kaurna involvement with the Kaurna Palti Meyunna Indigenous program in Tarndanyangga organised by Waiata Telfer and Karl Winda Telfer.
Adelaide Festival of Arts 1996
The Bulto Tarkariko - Ruins of the Future installation, designed by two West Australian architecture students, David Havercroft and Eleanore Suisse, was established on the south bank of Karrawirra Parri . It featured signage and a six-minute loop tape in Kaurna language (songs and spoken Kaurna) recorded by Cherie Watkins and Rob Amery, which played more or less continuously throughout the Festival. The signage text appears below:
Martuityangga Kaurna meyunna ngadlu wanggandi "Marni na budni pangkarra Kaurnaanna."
Yurringgarninga warranna bukkiunungko, birko Kaurna pintyandi. Warranna bukkiunungko warranendi tarkarirlo.
Ruins of the Future
The Kaurna people welcome you to their country. Listen to the voices of the past as they rebuild the Kaurna nation. The words of the past are being transformed into the future.
A partial breakdown of this text appears below:
Signs of former existence future-of
Martuityangga Kaurna meyunna ngadlu wanggandi
On behalf of Kaurna people we say
"Marni na budni pangkarra Kaurna-anna."
Good you(pl) came territory Kaurna-to
Yurringgarninga warranna bukki-unungko, birko Kaurna pintyandi.
Listen (you pl) words past-from group Kaurna creating/building
Warranna bukki-unungko warranendi tarkari-rlo.
Words past-from are becoming words future-in
Adelaide Festival of Arts 1998
Flamma Flamma, the opening ceremony of the 1998 Festival featured Kaurna speeches by Kaurna Elder Lewis Warritya O’Brien and Kaurna senior woman Georgina Yambo Williams. The text of Georgina’s speech appears below:
Inggarnendi Tours was the name given to tours to Tandanya, the South Australian Museum and Artlab held during the 1998 Festival.
Adelaide Festival of Arts 2000
Karra ‘river redgum’ project, an exhibition held at the Artspace Gallery, Playhouse Building, Adelaide Festival Centre, 1 March to 20 April 2000. Catalogue includes academic papers and song Karra by Indigenous songwriter Nelson Varcoe (see Thwaites, 2000).
Adelaide Festival of Arts 2002
Festival opened with Kaurna Palti Meyunna ‘Kaurna people’s ceremony’ which featured a fire ceremony performed by Karl Telfer and performances by Indigenous peoples from many parts of Australia and overseas. Each performance was introduced in Kaurna by Waiata Telfer.
Adelaide Festival of Arts 2004
The Awakening opening ceremony included Georgina Williams reading her poem Wodlianna Budnandi - Coming Home.
The Adelaide Festival of Arts website http://www.adelaidefestival.com.au/program/awakening.asp talks of “The River Torrens environment (Wodliparri)”. Wodliparri refers to the Milky Way (derived from wodli ‘house’ + parri’river’). The Karrawirraparri ‘Torrens River’ environment was thought to be a reflection of Wodliparri (the Milky Way).
Karka Palti ‘evening corroboree’ was a free global music program held during the Adelaide Fringe Festival every Tuesday to Sunday evening. From karka ‘dusk’ + palti ‘corroboree’.
Tauata Kurta ‘many sides/places’ was the name given to the Adelaide Fringe 2004 Family Day on Sunday 29 February. From tauata ‘many’ + kurta ‘place or side’.
In 1996, Christine Wilkinson commenced the Wirra Mai guided tours within the Botanical Gardens. Christine was a student of Kaurna language in 1995. These tours ceased in about 2001. From wirra ‘bush; forest’ + mai ‘vegetable or non-meat foods’.
In February 2002 Tauondi Cultural Agency commenced the tour within the Botanical Gardens. These were suspended in April 2004. From tappa ‘path; track; trail’ + mai ‘vegetable or non-meat foods’.