Wild Dog

Wild Dog is an immersive installation and exhibition exploring the importance of one of Australia’s most misunderstood but significant cultural symbols – the dingo.


This is the first artistic outcome of a multi-year cultural maintenance and revival project that connects the Dingo story from Kaurna and Narungga country in South Australia to Lardil Country in Mornington Island, including cultural links stretching to the Wild Dog story for the Bunun people from Taiwan.

The project, conceived and artistically directed by Kaurna/Narungga artist Jacob Boehme, has been created to preserve and maintain the Wild Dog story. Often renegaded as a pest, the Dingo has and continues to be a significant living figure in First Nations’ cultures and presence within the Australian ecological system.

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For Schools

Wild Dog is an exciting project that features film animation, puppetry, dance, song and interactive installations created by artists and communities across five Nations: Narungga (SA), Kaurna (SA), Lardil (Qld), Kaiadilt (Qld) and Bunun (Taiwan). As students move through this fascinating, beautiful, and visceral story that has been thousands of years in the making they will find out how the dingo teaches us many lessons for life; ways of behaving, kinship and our responsibility to caring for Country.

The storytelling of the event is suitable for all ages.

An Education Resource has been prepared to support teachers to prepare students prior to visiting the event and as a follow up after the event and to engage in the Revitalisation & Maintenance of First Nations peoples’ cultural practices of:

-Visual Arts

The Education Resource includes a sequence of learning activities for students from Foundation to Year 10 that will provide:

-Culturally responsive teaching activities with curriculum aligned lesson plans
-Learning activities for students post attendance at Wild Dog.

Creative Team

Wild Dog Dreaming – Narungga Film

Director & Writer
Jacob Boehme | Narungga, Kaurna Peoples

Cheeky Boy
Jacob Boehme

Cinematographer & Editor
Keith Deverell

Narungga Songwoman & Lyricist
Sonya Rankine | Ngarrindjeri, Ngadjuri, Narungga, Wirangu Peoples

Insite Arts International
Jason Cross, Kate Hancock, Penelope Leishman & Victoria Raywood

Aviana Chantrill-Daveson | Ngarrindjeri, Ngadjuri, Narungga, Wirangu Peoples

Country Arts South Australia
Samantha Yates | Taungurung, Louisa Norman, Seb Calabretto & Dominic Guerrera | Kaurna, Ngarrindjeri Peoples

Aviana Chantrill-Daveson | Ngarrindjeri, Ngadjuri, Narungga, Wirangu Peoples

Aunty Deanna Newchurch | Narungga, Kaurna, Adnyamathanha, Ngaduri, Ngarrindjeri Peoples
Uncle Rex Angie | Narungga, Kaurna, Bungala, Nauo, Wirangu, Ngadjuri Peoples
Uncle Dimmy Agius | Narungga

Narungga artifact maker
Ian (Bobo) Harradine

Garrdi & Dhuggudja Dancers
Tjaruta Dance Collective:
Melanie Koolmatrie | Ngarrindjeri
Caleena Sansbury | Ngarrindjeri, Narungga, Kaurna Peoples
Kenneth Johnson | Ngarrindjeri, Erawirung, Kanakas Peoples

Kaine Sultan-Babij, Eastern Arrernte, Gurindgi Peoples

Aunty Lynette Newchurch | Narungga, Kaurna, Adnyamathanha, Ngaduri, Ngarrindjeri Peoples

Gadli Puppeteers
Alison Currie
Cazna Brass

Composer & Sound Designer
James Henry | Yorta Yorta, Yuin, Yuwaalaraa, Gamilaraay Peoples

Background Vocals
Jacob Boehme & James Henry

Kaine Sultan-Babij

Costume Design & Art Finishing
Kathryn Sproul & Suncana Gogic

Costume Consultant
Aunty Deanna Newchurch

Costume Construction (The Boy, Black Dog Puppeteers)
Suncana Gogic & Tesa Gogic

Costume Construction (The Elders, Dancers, Children)
Seana O’Brien

Woven Costume Accessories (The Elders)
Sonya Rankine

Puppet Design & Creation
Tim Denton

Hair, Make-up & Special Effects
Beverley Freeman

Unit Production Manager
Kate Hancock

Production Supervisor
Ollie Black

Camera 1st AC
Sasha Smith, Boandik People

Set Production Coordinator & on-set Photographer
Pirie Martin

Set Production Assistants
Uncle Rex Angie, Seb Calabretto & Dominic Guerrera

Caroline Bonnett, Marion Bay Catering

Soundtrack Mastering
Andrew Robinson

Colleen Raven

Wild Dog Dreaming has been made with permission from Narungga Elders and the community.

Wild Dog Dreaming is an adaptation of several ancestral stories from the Narungga Nation as told by Papa Eddie Sansbury and his grand-daughters, Aunty Irene Agius, Aunty Pamela and Aunty Elaine Newchurch, with permission from Narungga Elders.

Wild Dog Narungga cultural story, handed down from Aunty Irene Agius to Quenten Agius and Louise Brown.

Filmed on Narungga Country, South Australia

Six Dog Night – Kaurna Exhibition

Artistic Direction
Jacob Boehme
Narungga, Kaurna peoples

Dominic Guerrera
Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna Peoples

Recording artist/Editor
Raymond Zada
Barkindji People

Aunty Lynnette Crocker

Uncle Lewis O’Brien

Astronomy Consultant
Paul Curnow

Kaurna Night Sky Design
Graeme Stanley

Dingo Soft Sculptures Design
Kathryn Sproul

Dingo Soft Sculpture Construction
Seana O’Brien

Taiwan Exhibition

Dr Biung Ismahasan
Bunun People, Taiwan

Elders in Residence
翁德才 Mu’u, 林蘇紫美 Ingu, 韃虎.伊斯瑪哈單.伊斯立端 Dahu Ismahasan Islituan, 伊斯坦大.阿布 Istanda Abu, 黟布 Ibu and 曾秋明 Amui

Students from Namasia Junior High School

Lardil – Ngarrimbi

Roxanne Thomas

Uncle Frank Watt

Taiwan Exhibition

Netta Loogatha Birrmuyingathi Maali

Jacob Boehme

John Armstrong


Students from Central Yorke School, Maitland, Yorke Peninsula
Caitlin Wanganeen
Isaiah Rigney
Caylum Karpany-Drover
Kuliah Power
Blake Elliot
Tyreese Scott
Tiaysha Power
Kyleasha Scott

Jacob Boehme

Giant Devil Dingo

Book by Dick Roughsey, Lardil People
Film by Western Woods Studio

There are so many people and organisations that came together to make this project happen. Thank you to each and everyone of you.

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