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A woman and a child in the Djirri Djirri dance group, performing at a stadium.
Photograph: Michelle Couling

Wurundjeri dance group Djirri Djirri took home the Ganbu Guljin Award at the Melbourne Awards

The Ganbu Guljin Award was created to better recognise the important work of Aboriginal communities

Written by
Sanam Goodman

Being the only Wurundjeri female dance group is a massive feat in itself, but the dancers from Djirri Djirri have just hit a new milestone: winning the Ganbu Guljin Award at this year’s Melbourne Awards.

Ganbu Guljin means 'one mob' in the Woi Wurrung language, and the award was created to shine a light on the significant achievements of Aboriginal communities. Djirri Djrri – a name that translates to Will Wagtail in Woi Wurrung – is made up of a group of women all related by blood through renowned Indigenous artist William Barak’s sister, Annie Borate.

Many of the women have been dancing since they were children, and the group has performed at a number of key Melbourne events, including Dreamtime at the ‘G. Being part of the group has given them the opportunity to reconnect with their Aboriginal identity, and be proud of who they are and where they come from.

The dance group can be hired for school workshops, Welcome to Country and smoking ceremonies and workshops. To find out more, head to their website.

RECOMMENDED: An introduction to Boon Wurrung language from Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir.

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