Tag Archives: Yirrkala

Yolngu Songmen: Seven Star Band

Each year at Christmastime I try to kick back a little and instead of putting together an essay, I try to offer a little lighter entertainment: photographs, or short reading lists, or something similar.  This year, it’s time for some … Continue reading

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It’s been a decade now since Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and Bill Gregory presented Buwayak: Invisibility at the Annandale Galleries in Sydney, an exhibition that heralded an extraordinary new direction in painting from Yirrkala.  If you look at Yolngu painting from just a few … Continue reading

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A Short Trip to Melbourne, Warmun, and Yirrkala

I’m a little short on time this weekend, so I’m going to punt and offer a selection of short topics that have been kicking about on my desktop recently. The first is an alert to a wonderful new website/blog produced … Continue reading

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The Djang’kawu Come to America

Last weekend we were back at Dartmouth College to hear Howard Morphy deliver the Montgomery Endowment Lecture as part of the fellowship that has him and his wife, Frances, in residence at the College this semester.  He chose as his … Continue reading

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If I were inventing epithets for Australia, in the manner of a vernacular Homer, I might call it “the star-strewn country.” There are the desert stories of the Minyma Tjuta, the seven sisters who fled across the continent from the … Continue reading

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Side by Side, Yolngu and Balanda

In his article, “Mutual Conversion?: The Methodist Church and the Yolngu,with particular reference to Yirrkala” (Humanities Research, vol. XII, no. 1, 2005, pp. 41-53), Howard Morphy essays a preliminary history of the Methodist Overseas Mission in Arnhem Land.  Admitting that … Continue reading

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Yalangbara: Art of the Djang’kawu

The National Museum of Australia has been achieving remarkable successes with one extraordinary exhibition of Indigenous art and history after another; and I say “art and history” deliberately, for these shows, Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert, Yiwarra Kuju: the … Continue reading

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Teach Your Children

When I first visited Yirrkala and the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in 2005, Will Stubbs described to me his dream of building a multimedia centre and library.  At that time, his dream consisted of some ceramic tiles that might adorn the … Continue reading

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Nathan B and the Hiphop Mulka

Check out this excellent slice of Mulka Project hiphop, performed by Nathan B and filmed at Yirrkala. Lots of the action was shot inside the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre and down at Yirrkala Creek just across the road. Yolngu Land 

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Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala, NT

We arrived at the Gove Airport in the wake of a sudden downpour that left the runways and the red earth puddled and the air feeling like the Wet wasn’t quite gone yet. On the way to the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka … Continue reading

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