OUR land people stories

  • Dubbo

Miyagan draws inspiration from the cultural inheritance of the Wiradjuri people, their land, their language and their stories. The work centers around the Riley families who for many generations have lived on and around the Talbragar Reserve just outside the town of Dubbo.



The kinship systems of Wiradjuri Country are explored by Dancers Beau Dean Riley Smith and Daniel Riley in Miyagan.

“Miyagan came form wanting to tell a Wiradjuri story, and reconnect back to our shared culture and heritage – it is narrated by the Wiradjuri kinship system. Kinship, and the bonds we all share as Indigenous people of this land, are what connects us to land, to each other and to our cultural responsibilities. It also influences our social behavior. There is nothing more valuable than miyagan, without kinship/family there is no life.” - Beau Dean Riley Smith & Daniel Riley

This production features the First Nations language Wiradjuri (Central New South Wales).

Sections of Miyagan

Yanhanha - The women
Gugaa (Wiradjuri)/Rivers - The Wiradjuri nation on Talbragar Reserve and its totem, the Gugaa (Goanna)
Moiety - Dilbi, Kupathin - The two Wiradjuri Moiety’s and their cultural responsibilities
Wilay (Clan) - The third level of totemic system. Brush tail possum and its connection to Dubbo
Wamboin / Marri (Family) - The fourth level of the totemic system. Family totems, names (Riley) and lineage, Red Kangaroo and Grey kangaroo

Duration: 26 minutes

Miyagan premiered in 2016 as part of the triple bill OUR land people stories, which included Macq, Miyagan, and Nyapanyapa.





Premiere Season: Australian Tour | 2016

International Tour | 2017

    • Berliner Festspiele
      26 - 28 October