Q&A: Week 28

Q82. Why do Yolngu say yes to questions when they really mean no?
Q83. What are the most common causes of death of Indigenous people?
Q84. What advice would you give to a mainstream teacher who is working with English second language people like Yolngu?-Part 7

Q&A: Week 27

Q79. How do we break welfare cycles?
Q80. I’ve heard that Aboriginal people were pagan worshippers, is that true?
Q81. Does it matter whether I use the term “Aboriginal,” “Indigenous” or “First Nations”?

Q&A: Week 26

Q76.What are the main causes of young Aboriginal people being involved in violence and criminal activity across Australia?
Q77.What aspects of traditional Aboriginal Kinship and Societal structures still operate in communities today?
Q78.Are Aboriginal languages useful to be used in education?

Q&A: Week 25

Q73. Wasn’t there a bilingual education program for Yolngu that was stopped because it didn’t work?
Q74.Why do Aboriginal people paint themselves up to perform traditional dances and ceremonies?
Q75. How can I communicate financial information more effectively to Aboriginal people? Does it need to be in Language?

Q&A: Week 24

Q70. How can remote Aboriginal communities have a sustainable future when they rely so heavily on government funding and do not have any (or very few) business enterprises?
Q71. I hear there’s lots of programs teaching Yolngu to read and write English. Aren’t they good programs?
Q72. Given the differences in the Aboriginal groups across Australia, is it possible to generalise about Indigenous culture?

Q&A: Week 23

Q67. Why don’t Yolngu parents control their children better?
Q68. Why do so many Aboriginal people end up in prison?
Q69. What advice would you give to a mainstream teacher who is working with English second language people like Yolngu?-Part 6

Q&A: Week 22

Q64. Aboriginal people behave badly, get into trouble with police, don’t take responsibility for themselves – it’s their own fault so why do they always cry ‘poor me’?
Q65. There’s been a lot of talk lately about euthanasia. How do Aboriginal people feel about this?
Q66. What is the best way to greet someone? Is it different between men and women?

Q&A: Week 21

Q61. Why don’t Aboriginal people in remote communities just move to where there’s work available?
Q62. Was domestic violence always a feature of Aboriginal culture?
Q63. What advice would you give to a mainstream teacher who is working with English second language people like Yolngu? Part 5

Q&A: Week 20

Q58. Why do Aboriginal people feel that they must share things all the time, from small things like personal belongings and food, to big things like housing and wages?
Q59. Do Aboriginal dances and songs have religious/spiritual significance?
Q60. What role does the Mother-in-law have in relation to protection of children?

Q&A: Week 19

Q55. Aboriginal people are always getting free stuff from the government. Even some jobs are only for Aboriginal people. It’s not fair they get so many handouts.
Q56. If Aboriginal language was oral and not written, when and how did the current written languages come about?
Q57. Why do many Aboriginal people want to leave meeting after they’ve only just started?

Q&A: Week 18

Q52. Why do Aboriginal people in remote communities tend to wreck their houses and live in such dirty conditions?
Q53. What are some of the factors causing domestic violence?
Q54. How can mainstream staff work effectively in Aboriginal communities, rather than making things worse?