Mandaboornap Dreaming Puppets prep for invites community to celebrate

Looking for something to do on Thursday night? 

The Mandaboornap Dreaming Puppet Performance will grace the Esperance Foreshore on March 16 for the official opening of the 2017 Festival of the Wind. 

The night couldn’t come sooner for Esperance Community Arts executive officer Jane Mulcock. 

Ms Mulcock said she couldn’t wait to see all the hard work the art and ​Nyungar community had put into the project come to fruition. 

The project has draw helpers from Esperance Community Arts, Escare, Festival of the Wind and Esperance Nyungar Community. 

Puppeteers have been rehearsing frequently to ensure the performance runs smoothly.  

The performance will take place at 6pm on the James Street Beach in front of the Whale Tail.

A formal Welcome to Country presented by one of the local Traditional Owners, on behalf of Tjaltjraak Aboriginal Corporation will open the event. 

Puppetry artist Karen Hethey working on one of the puppets. Photo: Supplied.

Puppetry artist Karen Hethey working on one of the puppets. Photo: Supplied.

Puppetry artist Karen Hethey worked with the Esperance Nyungar community to create two large-scale eagle puppets, six smaller puppets and a series of large props that will be used to tell the Nyungar Dreaming story of Mandaboornap (Frenchman’s Peak) and the creation of two of the islands in Lucky Bay.

The story follows two boys who stole eggs from the peak of Mandaboornap and became islands after the eagles dropped them into the ocean.

Gail Selby-Yorkshire wrote and illustrated this version of the story in Nyungar and English. 

The community are urged to take their picnic rugs, cushions and mosquito repellent for an entertaining night witnessing the highly anticipated event. 

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