Wild Dog, is a multi-year cultural maintenance project preserving the precious storylines of Australia’s most misunderstood, but significant cultural symbol, the dingo. Following the trade routes and storylines of Dingo Dreaming across Australia, these stories teach us many important life lessons of behaviour, kinship, and the responsibility of caring for Country.
Conceived and artistically directed by Kaurna, Narungga artist Jacob Boehme, Wild Dog connects First Peoples across the Australian continent to share, preserve and maintain Dingo storylines.
With the support of a range of partners and a program of consultation and community engagement, Wild Dog maps and connects Dingo storylines from Kaurna, Adelaide in the south-east to Lardil, Mornington Island in the north, extending into Bunun, Taiwan in East Asia. The project revives, re-establishes, and strengthens the traditional trade and ceremonial routes through South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. Wild Dog forges ongoing collaborations between different nations ensuring the urgent continuance of intergenerational cultural knowledge and skills transfer between Elders and next generations. Traversing many nations and peoples, the dingo stories connect us through Kin and Country.
A development outcome for the Wild Dog project will be showcased at Tarnanthi Festival 2021.
Wild Dog is a Narungga interpretation of an Australian wide creation story and is not intended to replicate or replace other First Nations’ stories. Wild Dog is one of many Narungga Dreaming stories and what is being shared publicly can be shared with the wider community in accordance with Narungga Law/Lore and protocols.
Jacob Boehme, Narungga and Kaurna Peoples
NARUNGAA ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL ADVISERS
Uncle Quenten Agius
Aunty Ninni Newchurch
KAURNA ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL ADVISORS
Uncle Lewis O’Brien
Aunty Lynette Crocker
LARDIL ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL ADVISORS
Uncle Frank Watt
Aunty Roxanne Thomas
TAIWANESE ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL CONSULTANT
Dr Biung Ismahasan, Bunun People, Taiwan
NARUNGGA CULTURAL DANCE
Uncle Quenten Agius
James Henry, Yorta Yorta, Yuin, Yuwaalaraa, Gamilaraay Peoples
NARUNGGA SONGWOMAN AND LYRICIST
CHOREOGRAPHY & DANCE
Kaine Sultan-Babij, Arrente People
South Australian First Nations Dance Collective
COSTUME DESIGN AND CREATION
Aunty Deanna Newchurch
PUPPET DESIGN AND CREATION
SET, LIGHTING AND SPATIAL DESIGNER
Country Arts SA
Narungga Nations Aboriginal Corporation
Point Pearce Aboriginal Corporation
Mirndiyan Gununa – Mornington Island Art Centre
Ministry of Culture Taiwan
Lucy Guerin Inc
State Library South Australia
City of Port Adelaide Enfield
Tarnanthi Festival – Art Gallery of South Australia
Australian Government – Indigenous Languages and Arts
Arts South Australia
Australia Council for the Arts