Bryon Powell

Wathaurong

Wadawurrung country stretches from the mountains to the sea. It includes hills, rivers and grassy plains, creeks and coasts and includes modern towns such as Werribee, Geelong and Ballarat in Victoria. Since colonisation, white fellas have tried to write down our Wadawurrung language, even though there are no equivalent sounds in English. We had no written language so early settlers wrote down what they heard using their own language trying to reproduce the sounds. Language needs a place to live, and this is a chance for us to tell our stories and our language. Our language is sleeping, but will soon reawaken.