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 Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra and Richard Trudgen
CORONAVIRUS 8: Are there 2 diseases with 2 different names? (with English subtitles)
Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra and Richard Trudgen talk about the meaning of Coronavirus and COVID-19.
Many Yolŋu are confused because two names are being used in the media; Coronavirus and COVID-19. The question is being asked are there two diseases?
This program looks at the meaning of coronavirus by working through the history of the word corona. Djiniyini and Richard explore the Latin and Greek roots of the word. This is very important for the Yolŋu population because they don’t have any connections to the Latin or Greek roots in their language, so it is impossible for them to decipher. This leads to suspicion amongst Yolŋu that the whole COVID-19 discussion is something that’s been manufactured by somebody as a joke.
CORONAVIRUS 9: Meaning of the name COVID 19 (with English subtitles)
Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra and Richard Trudgen talk about the meaning of the name COVID-19. Many Yolŋu are confused because two names are being used for the disease; Coronavirus and COVID-19.
This program discusses the meaning of the name COVID-19 and where it comes from. It breaks down the construction of the name. CO means corona. VI means virus. D equals disease and 19 is when the disease started in China 2019.
CORONAVIRUS 10: Who is WHO? (with English subtitles)
Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra and Richard Trudgen answer the questions Yolŋu have about the World Health Organisation and its role in the Coronavirus pandemic.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has 150 countries who are members and is responsible for the health and well-being of all its members states. Djiniyini asks a number of questions in relation to the WHO and he and Richard explore these.
This program gives Yolŋu more background information on the policies of the WHO and looks at the conversations that are currently occurring in the mainstream media.
CORONAVIRUS 11: Has this virus COVID-19 been here before? (with English subtitles)
Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra asks if the COVID-19 virus has occurred before. Richard explains it’s a new disease that humans have not seen before and compares it to the Spanish flu in 1918. The Spanish flu killed over 50 million people around the world.
Richard discusses the history and effects of the Spanish flu on Yolŋu people in north-east Arnhem Land. At the time of the Spanish flu an entire generation of Yolŋu along the coast died unexpectedly (including Djiniyini’s grandfather). When this occurred Yolŋu blamed it on sorcery or other acts by neighbouring clan groups.
However as Yolŋu were coastal people and had regular contact with British-owned Malay-crewed boats in their waters historians believe the numerous deaths were caused by the Spanish flu.
Djiniyini says this information is a shock to him because he knows the Yolŋu history of the Elders deaths but has never heard of the Spanish flu. He says the discussion about the Spanish flu brings home the severity of this COVID-19 pandemic.