Djirri Djirri Dancers & Te Hononga O Nga Iwi
A Maori-Indigenous collaboration to show strength through unity and the power of First Nations people when we work and walk together.
Djirri Djirri are a female Wurundjeri dance group from Melbourne made up of women all related by blood through one woman— Annie Borate, William Barak’s sister. While many of the dancers have been dancing they were children, others have joined as adults, learning to dance and sing in their Mother Tongue—the Woiwurrung language.
Their dance comes from the Spirit Bird—The Willy Wagtail and are created to honour their Likik (Ancestors), Kerr-up-non (Family), Biik (Country) and animals.
Te Hononga O Ngā Iwi has been performing across Naarm (Melbourne) since 2008, helping to connect Maori people living on these lands to their cultural heritage, whilst sharing and learning from the traditional owners of the many mobs, language groups and Countries.