5. Coronavirus – where did it come from?
In this program, Maratja Dhamarrandji understands coronavirus is a serious killer disease, particularly for people with chronic disease or who are elderly. He explains that many Yolŋu want to know how it began and where it comes from. They want the “dhuḏi-dhäwu” – the deep full foundational story about the disease.
Richard Trudgen talks about how the virus started in Wuhan Province in China and was transferred from bats to humans. Nikunu Yunupingu asks if it’s from eating and sharing animal meat. Richard explains that it’s not from eating bats but moves from bats to people when they are very close to each other. This happens in places like large Chinese markets where wild and live animals are sold and there are also lots of people, sometimes living closely together.
6. Waanga Animal Market in China
In this program, Richard Trudgen describes how there are many different sorts of wild and domestic animals in cages in the markets, as well as many dead animals. This can involve cooking and cutting up a big variety of animals and sometimes there might be thousands of animals in the market kept as pets or for food. This is because many of these animals are considered very valuable in China or are thought to have special medicinal characteristics. So people can make a good income by selling them.
7. Diseases passing from animals to humans
In this program, Richard Trudgen explains that scientists say the coronavirus originally comes from bats. He talks about the word ‘virus’ and the gakal (size, colour, shape) of this one. He explains that viruses are smaller than bacteria and can be transferred by mucus from bats to people. He points out that it’s a new virus, so even the scientists are still discovering what it is and how it works.
Other education programs in Yolŋu Matha are available on the Why Warriors YouTube channel or via the Yolŋu Matha learning platform, www.djambatjmarram.com.
These COVID-19 resources are produced by Maratja Dhamarrandji, Nikunu Yunupingu and Richard Trudgen.
Thank-you to © Helix Animation 2020 for the animations provided. All rights reserved.