Yolŋu Names – Book


Names are an important part of our identity. The names we end up with are determined by many things, including our culture, language, family and where we were born. Many mainstream Australians find Yolŋu names complicated.

However, the complications go both ways, creating much confusion, embarrassment, and, at times, legal problems.

For Yolŋu people, this can cause life-changing problems.

This paper is an attempt to demystify Yolŋu Names and their use. It works through some of the underlying cultural rules around names and some of the anomalies that have occurred due to modern Australian influence.

It also includes diagrams of

  1. Skin or Calling Names
  2. Traditional Marriage Patterns
  3. Family Kinship Structures

Yolŋu Names: Richard Trudgen 2012

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