Corroboree is one of the oldest forms of storytelling and the songs and dances celebrate Nyingiya, the spirit of the people, presented through dynamic cultural performance. Performances depict all aspects of Indigenous life – the seasons, country and songlines, animals and plants, and all natural elements. Four distinct corroborees are performed by members of Djilpin Arts:
- Bongiling Bongiling from the Dalabon language group
- Mularra from the Rembarrnga language group of Central Arnhem
- Thumbul from the Murrungun people of Numbulwar (Gulf of Carpentaria)
- Bunggul from the Ritharngu/Wagalak people of North Central Arnhem Land (Gapuwiyak)
Performers include the Songmen who are the keepers of codes that unlock the map – map of kin, country and culture. They combine playing clapsticks and chanting in traditional language; playing didjeridu (also called bamboo, mago and yidaki) and all male and female dancers are painted in delek (white ochres). All corroborees are accompanied by narration and cultural translation of the songs.
If you are interested in a performance for your event, please fill out the expression of interest form.