Witladla

About

Witladla has lost his necklace! How will he be able to get it back on his own?

Meet, sing and dance along with Witladla and his friends as he discovers that together we can do anything!


Produced for pre-school aged children, Larrakia Elder June Mills tells the story of the little owl, Witladla, and his lost necklace.  Filled with original songs, puppets that reference traditional Larrakia designs and fun interactions, young audiences will be captivated by this moment of a lost necklace in the life of Witladla.

Following the show or film screening, children with their family and/or carers will be able to meet June Mills and all the characters in the play.

Cast & crew

ORIGINAL CONCEPT & CREATION

Larrakia Elder June Mills

DIRECTING MENTORSHIP

Tania Lieman

MUSIC SUPPORT

Marine Boy

Resources

June Mills hopes ‘Witladla’ will inspire audiences both young and old to learn more about First Nation’s languages and Country. In particular, she would like to share her knowledge and encourage us to use the Larrakia language in and around Garrmalang (Darwin).

The Larrakia language is in danger of disappearing and is not widely spoken today. Help June and Witladla the mukmuk by learning some Larrakia words. Together we can ensure this important language is not lost forever.

My first Larrakia words to learn

Animals found in and around Garrmalang Place names in Garrmalang
Banimadla Freshwater turtle Bundilla Vestey’s Beach
Billawara Black Cockatoo Damabilagwa One Mile Dam
Damabila Barramundi Damarua Lameroo
Damadangala Dugong Darriba nungalinya Old Man Rock, Casuarina Beach
Dangalaba Crocodile Garrmalang Darwin
Danijarra Longbum Gurumbai Rapid Creek
Datlawa Frill-neck lizard Kululuk Nightcliff Beach
Juwaning Hermet Crab
Kakingga Magpie Goose
Madla Crab
Mukmuk Owl

Witladla make and do activities

Witladla stick puppet

Witladla moving puppet

Witladla mask

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Itinerary

‘Witladla’ will be performed live as part of the Darwin Festival and at the Casuarina Library. The film will be distributed throughout the Northern Territory.

Titjikala School

Titjikala, Northern Territory
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Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre

Katherine, Northern Territory
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Larrakia Nation Family Centre

Yarrawonga, Northern Territory
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Palmerston Library

Palmerston, Northern Territory
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Wugularr School

Wugularr, Northern Territory
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Robinson River School

Robinson River, Northern Territory
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Borroloola School

Borroloola, Northern Territory
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Indi Kindi

Borroloola, Northern Territory
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Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre

Tennant Creek, Northern Territory
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Nightcliff Library

Nightcliff, Northern Territory
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Tennant Creek Childcare Centre

Tennant Creek, Northern Territory
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Imanpa School

Imanpa, Northern Terrritory
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Six Little Ducks Childcare Centre

Alice Springs, Northern Territory
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Lil’ Antz Day Care

Alice Springs, Northern Territory
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Alice Springs Family Day Care

Alice Springs, Northern Territory
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Larapinta Preschool

Alice Springs, Northern Territory
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Malak Family Centre

Malak, Northern Territory
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Casuarina Library

Casuarina, Northern Territory
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Darwin Festival

Sunset Stage, Festival Park, Darwin
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Contact

Elizabeth Rogers

Performing Arts Manager

PO Box 535
Darwin, NT 0801

performing@artbacknt.com.au

08 8941 1444