Coronavirus 1-4: Introduction to Coronavirus

Here are 4 important education programs about the Coronavirus.

These programs are primarily in Yolŋu Matha and are available with English subtitles.

This is perfect for English speaking people involved with Yolŋu so you can listen together and have an informed conversation.


From WHY WARRIORS PTY LTD’s YouTube channel

Produced by Nikunu Yunupingu and Richard Trudgen


CORONAVIRUS 1: Introduction to Coronavirus (with English subtitles)


Nikunu and Richard discuss the Coronavirus.

Yolŋu hear the virus is coming to their communities but they’re not sure what it’s about. These programs will share information about the Coronavirus as it’s updated, including its spread and how to manage it. This podcast starts with the history and transmission of the virus.

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CORONAVIRUS 2: How to stop it spreading (with English subtitles)

In this program we introduce the names of the Coronavirus and COVID-19. Nikunu asks if this is a lifelong sickness. (This is one of the points of confusion that many Yolŋu have.) It’s explained that it’s only a short sickness of about two weeks. Throughout this time people might be infectious even if they only get a mild sickness. If they’re not sure they should self-isolate for two weeks and it’s explained this becomes necessary as a strategy to stop the virus moving through communities.

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CORONAVIRUS 3: What happens after 2 weeks? (with English subtitles)

The question is asked “What happens after 2 weeks?” Richard shares a lot of information about the immune system and white blood cells. This information is built on the Yolŋu worldview around their zoological knowledge. This is necessary so that people can see clearly how the immune system works and also how immunisation works.


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CORONAVIRUS 4: Immunisation is for flu not Coronavirus (with English subtitles)

We make it clear that there is no immunisation for Coronavirus yet, and it could take two years for it to be produced. However, doctors might ask people on community to have the standard flu injection so their body is not fighting this season’s flu and the Coronavirus at the same time.

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About Richard Trudgen

Richard was born in Orange NSW and trained as a fitter and turner. He moved to Arnhem Land in the NT in 1973 and became a community worker, learning to speak Djambarrpuyŋu. He’s now been working with Yolŋu people for over 40 years. He was the CEO of Aboriginal Resource and Development Services (ARDS) for 10 years during which time he developed discovery education methodology with Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM and also established Yolŋu Radio in 2003. He is the author of Why Warriors Lie Down and Die and facilitates ‘Bridging the Gap’ seminars, and delivers corporate training. He is currently the CEO of Why Warriors Pty Ltd, a community development organisation that empowers Yolŋu and other First Nations people by providing access to information, and builds understanding between Indigenous peoples and the Dominant Culture. In 2015 he was a finalist for the NT Senior Australian of the Year Award.

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