yapang story

We remember and respect the Ancestors who cared for and nurtured this Country.

Dhumaan ngayin ngarrakalu kirraanan barayidin

It is in their footsteps that we travel these lands and waters.

Ngarrakalumba yuludaka bibayilin barayida baaduka

Lake Macquarie City Council acknowledges the Awabakal people and Elders past, present and future.

Lake Macquarie City Council dhumaan Awabakala ngarrakal yalawaa, yalawan, yalawanan

This work entitled 'jibaly wilugaju jibala (wajarri language: sound of water/sea water/freshwater)'' 2019 by Nicole Monks was a Yapang project in the Opening Weekend exhibition 'we. wiyelliko' in November 2019.

The word yapang (pronounced yar pung) means journey/pathway in Awabakal and is the name given to a new dedicated Aboriginal program within MAC. The initiative is a natural progression of the 19-year relationship between the art museum and Aboriginal Reference Group.

Through yapang, you will always be able to view contemporary Aboriginal art and participate in related programming throughout the year.

Wording by the Aboriginal Reference Group and translated by Miromaa Aboriginal Language and Technology Centre.