Bilya Koort Boodja
Bilya Koort Boodja is a bold and beautifully displayed showcase of the region’s Ballardong Nyoongar culture. In a region still bearing the emotional scars of the Stolen Generations, Bilya Koort Boodja has become a beacon of pride and a celebration of culture. The striking modern building sits astride the banks of the Avon River in the heart of the Northam township. You’ll start your journey of discovery with a Welcome to Country, delivered via a mesmerising mix of projected video art, light and sound that evokes the Dreamtime. Continue to immerse yourself in the journey by following the interpreted and interactive displays based on the Nyoognar people's six-seasons calendar. You can touch giant interactive tables on a virtual journey through Ballardong country and admire artefacts made by local Aborigional people in the ways of their ancestors. Sit in a ‘yarning’ circle to see and hear Aboriginal elders sharing their memories. You’ll also hear about ‘sorry business’ and the heart-wrenching tales of the many locals who were taken from their homes as part of the Stolen Generations. You will leave with a whole new understanding of the region’s Aboriginal people, culture and history; and a sense of wonder at the quality of the exhibitions.