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, 2016
This production features the First Nations' language Wiradjuri (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 - The two Wiradjuri Moiety’s and their cultural responsibilities - Dilbi, Kupathin
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.