Fun at Home - Wirajuny (barn owl) Mask

wirajuny owl coloured mask

Wajarri speakers have always known barn owl as wirajuny (wira-joo-ny)* and night as munga*.

Discover what makes wirajuny such a good hunter during munga as you create your own impressive wirajuny mask.

Time to do and skill level:

20 minutes to 1 hour. Easy - but adults may need to help.

You will need:

  • A4 print out of wirajuny mask template pdf, complete with additional information. PDF Download
    If possible, print on white card 120 – 200 gsm.
  • Coloured pencils or pens
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape or stapler
  • About 50cm of hat elastic
  • Hole punch


Step 1
Read the information supplied on wirajuny and research images of this munga raptor.

Step 2
Colour in the wirajuny mask paying attention to the detail you researched.

Step 3
Cut out the mask and along all dotted lines for the eyes and beak.

Step 4
Fold back the tabs for elastic.

Step 5
Punch the holes and thread the elastic.

Step 6
Secure the elastic with the sticky tape or stapler.

Step 7
Now you can be wirajuny ready to fly stealthily and silently into the munga sky.

Step 8
Post a picture or video of you wearing your wirajuny mask on the Museum of Geraldton’s Facebook page

*Listen to language

  • Visit the Bundiyarra Irra Wanga webpage for the Wajarri Dictionary Application and listen to language spoken by a Wajarri speaker.
  • How many munga words can you find and say using the Wajarri Dictionary Application?

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