Yawa

N'arweet Carolym Briggs, Jarra Karalinar Steel, Narayana Johnson

arcade game

Yawa means journey in Boonwurrung language. Four players must work together in an onscreen adventure across an abstract map of Country discovering stories as they go.

Up to four players each become a possum spirit (walert marrup) as they explore a colourful world filled with Boon Wurrung language. As the possum spirits move about the world they reveal words about place that are spoken by N’arweet Carolyn Briggs and appear also on the game map. These words describe aspects of what once was in South Melbourne, a rich wetland filled with plants, flowers, animals in which places like Emerald Hill were gathering sites for the Yalukit Willam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group for thousands of years.