Portrait of Emily McDaniel in 2019 (Katherine Griffiths / City of Sydney)

Yananurala is the new name for a walk that will share Aboriginal perspectives of place through artworks and installations along the Sydney Harbour foreshore.

The 9km curated walk along Sydney Harbour will soon take visitors on a unique journey on Gadigal Country from Pirrama (Pyrmont) to Woolloomooloo. Devised by Wiradjuri curator Emily McDaniel, Yananurala will include audio and text-based installations that highlight the historical and cultural significance of places along the harbour foreshore. The walk will also interpret new and old Aboriginal stories and perspectives through public artworks at Pirrama (Pyrmont), Barangaroo, Ta-ra (Dawes Point), Warrane (Circular Quay) and Woolloomooloo.

The name Yananurala is from the Gadigal language and translates to Walking on Country. Combining two Gadigal words, yana (walk) and nura (Country), the la adds an instruction: ‘So, you go walk Country!’. The name follows extensive consultation with the City’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory panel, local Aboriginal community representatives and the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. It is the first step in realising the vision for the walk.

Yananurala is part of the City of Sydney’s Eora Journey program, curated by Hetti Perkins, to recognise the heritage and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the public domain. It is delivered by the City’s public art program, City Art.


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