38 Traditional Yolngu (Aboriginal) Laws

Raypirri Ngaarra’ngur Romgurr Maagayakurr The Rom law from the Yolngu Ngärra (Ngaarra) parliament promotes Raypirri (a discipline of the body, mind and soul) and creates a state of Mägaya (Maagaya – peace, tranquillity, harmony, completeness, health, peace, prosperity, fullness, perfectness,…

The real way to get ahead of the game!

Last week the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre was back in the news. The Centre has to be expanded because “Department figures show the number of youth in detention across the NT has almost doubled over the past year and…

Learn Australian to speak to Australian kids!

    Wondering why the attendance rates of schools are so bad? Just do something about equipping teachers who come into the classroom of Indigenous kids, with language, and you’ll see immediate results within one or two years. With attendance…

Never use the beckoning finger!

Ngunhi nhe dhu wiripulil makarr-yindilil marrtji wangalil, ngunhiyiny dhuka wangaynguyam dharra ga guyanganhawuy walalang wiripu. Dhiyaliyin nhe dhu dharradayirrnydja ga djaka nhunhuwuy nhe marrka nhe dhu marr-dhunupaka nhina. When you go into another world, they think differently from your world.…

Q&A Week 7: Wasn’t Aboriginal society pretty barbaric?

Q19. Was there any barter or trading between different Aboriginal people?
Q20. Wasn’t Aboriginal society pretty barbaric and controlled by harsh punishments?
Q21. Are any charities or non-profits helpful for Aboriginal people? Or are they generally doing more harm than good?

Q&A Week 6: Why won’t Aboriginal kids go to school?

Q16. Are Aboriginal people bad at school because they didn’t have their own education system traditionally?
Q17. How do you achieve education and capacity building with individuals and families in Aboriginal communities?
Q18. Why won’t Aboriginal kids go to school? How can they expect to get ahead?