Cultural Awareness

100+ Q&A: Week 8
Q22. I've seen the term "Law" used about Aboriginal culture but shouldn't it be "Lore"? Q23. What were some main roles of traditional Aboriginal women? Q24. How strong are the traditional values and culture with younger Indigenous people?
100+ Q&A: Week 7
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?
100+ Q&A: Week 6
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?
100+ Q&A: Week 5
Q13. What is the Yolŋu concept of illness and disease? Q14. Why do many remote Aboriginal people eat such poor food that affects their health? How can this be changed? Q15. What's your opinion on how long consultation should taken when government or corporations are working with Aboriginal people?
100+ Q&A: Week 4
Q10. After all the millions of dollars spent on Aboriginal health and education why haven’t the problems facing Indigenous people today been solved? Q11. Aren’t Aboriginal languages very basic, with no real grammar system? Q.12. Weren’t Aborginal people just hunter gatherers, wandering around to find food?
100+ Q&A: Week 3
Q7. “I know that a lot of really terrible things happened, but how many times do we have to say sorry to Aboriginal people?”. Q.8 “What advice would you give to a mainstream teacher who is working with English second language people like Yolngu? ” Part 1 Q.9 “What advice would you give to a mainstream teacher who is working with English second language people like Yolngu? ” Part 2
100+ Q&A: Week 2
Q4. How did Aboriginal people use fire to look after the land? Q.5 Are traditional methods and knowledge being passed on from Aboriginal Elders to young people? Q6. What are Aboriginal community values and how do they differ from mainstream values?
100+ Q&A: Week 1
Welcome to our first three Q&A videos!    Q1. Richard addresses a statement that is heard frequently. “Aboriginal people were so primitive they didn’t even invent the wheel”.         Q.2 There are lots of skill-based programs rolled…
Academic Yolngu Matha Terms
Yolngu Matha is the official name given by linguists for the languages of the Yolngu (Yolŋu), the indigenous people of northeast Arnhem Land in northern Australia. Listed below are the definitions of a number of important academic Yolŋu Matha terms,…
My Yolngu World; how structure brings harmony
  This speech was delivered to Warramiri Cosmology Conference at Charles Darwin University by Dianne Biritjalawuy Gondarra on 21st February 2019. It was translated into English by Richard Trudgen Image by Wayne Quilliam **           Thank…
Australia Has Its Own “Haka”
As a number of Yolŋu watched Adam Goodes perform his "war cry" or "haka" on TV after he kicked the goal, they were excited because it was great for their culture to be represented there on the big screen. “Here in Arnhem Land in the NT we call what Adam performed ‘balyunmirr’."
Language Learning Resources
If you want to learn an Aboriginal Language it’s best to find an existing resource for the language group and region you want to work with. It’s very important to do your own homework rather then just going to find a…