Kaarla Kaatijin

by Zac James

Published as part of the Kaatijin collection.


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Come on a journey into the lives of Djitty Djitty (Willy Wagtail), Kulbardi (Magpie), Yonga (Kangaroo) and many more familiar friends as they explore the importance of Kaarla (Fire).

Kaarla Kaatijin by Zac James is published in the Kaatijin collection. Based on the creation stories in and around the Perth metropolitan area, the collection includes Noongar language, puppetry, masks and exciting and engaging ways for primary-aged children to understand the spiritual and practical application of fire, caring for country, environmental sustainability, cultural awareness and what it means to be a strong, centered individual learning about the world.

Production History

Kaarla Kaatijin was first produced by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and premiered at the 2012 Awesome International Festival for Bright Young Thing.

ISBN: 978 1 925338 98 0

Education Notes


These education notes are designed to enhance students’ engagement with Kaarla (karl / a) Kaatijin (ka / ta / jin) and Boodjar (bood / jar) Kaatijin (ka / ta / jin). The activities can be delivered sequentially or individually and offer students an opportunity to analyse, evaluate, describe and discuss the play, the creation stories and Noongar country, dialect groups, language and seasons.


"What a fantastic incursion we were treated to. Thank you. Compliments to all the performers as they had the children eating out of their hands and were amazing. Great story tellers!"

Teacher, Ilawarra Primary School

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