Realising Mungarrawuy’s legacy – Galarrwuy Yunupingu and the Gumatj clan forge a new future in north-east Arnhem Land


And Galarrwuy ? He’s about to turn 70, but still keeps a sharp eye on development and is guiding every step taken. He has straddled the whole of the ’s history of self-government, been public enemy number one, and respected elder number one, sometimes at the same time. He has hosted every prime minister since Whitlam and none claim to have bettered him.

The clan and its leaders are etched into the DNA of the Northern Territory. From early Yolngu resistance to pastoralists in the 1930s through the campaigns against the Gove bauxite mine that led to the Act, through Galarrwuy Yunupingu’s quarter century chairmanship of the , his deceased brothers leadership of the School and the band, to the establishment with other Yolngu of the Rangers and the Festival, the brilliance of the blind musician G Yunupingu, or the paintings of the Yunupingu sisters emanating from Buku Larrnggay Art Centre.


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