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We are the first people of our lands.
These are some of our stories from where we have lived so long.
We welcome you to know about us, about our culture, this way.
This website is built for us, for everyone.
There are 12 stories here about where we live, about how we came to be, about our history and about how we live now.
- Our Ancestors
- The Macassans
- First White Men
- The Swamp
- Plants and Animals
There are many artworks (by many artists), photos and music here about where we live, about how we came to be, about our history and about how we live now. ...
Gallery > People & Places
There are over 60 photos here about where and how we live....
About > Meanings
Yolngu: The literal translation of Yolngu is simply, "the people", but it is used nowadays as a term to describe the group of Australian Indigenous people (Aboriginals) living in or originating from central and eastern Arnhem Land in Australia's Northern Territory.
Balanda: A word meaning "white person(s)", derived from the word "Hollander"...the Dutch were the first white people to come into contact with the Yolngu.
Macassan: The Macassans, from the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia began visiting the north coast of Australia centuries ago. Their trade made the Yolngu a very powerful grouping economically. Such trading was stopped by the government in the 1906-07 season, and the economy of the region was destroyed by the imposition of Balanda law. ...
About > The People
We are the Yolngu people of Ramingining, in the northern part of Central Arnhem Land in Australia's Northern Territory.
Ramingining is a town of about 800 of our people. More of our people live on outstations different distances from town. Also about 50 Balanda live here.
The nearest other town is Maningrida, more than two hours drive away except in the rainy season, when we can only fly there.
In Ramingining we have a store, a clinic, a school, a new police station, an arts centre, a resource centre, houses and not much else.
But we have history and culture here, that our ancestors have been growing for more than forty thousand years.
They passed that culture on from generation to generation. Now it's our turn to pass it on, not just to the next generation, but to people everywhere, all over the world.
That's because our way of life is changing fast now, and what you're going to see is for every generation to remember and keep our culture alive.
About > Where In The World
Ramingining is in the northern part of Central Arnhem Land in Australia's Northern Territory.
Ramingining is a town of about 800 of our people.
About > Study Guide
This section coming soon. ...
We are proud of our community. We are proud of our history and our present.
We are proud of our children, and our artists, and our songmen, we are proud of our whole place.
Because we are proud of all these things, we are sharing them with you. We are glad that you are interested enough to be here.
We hope that if you like them, the paintings or the stories or any of it, that you will share them with other people who are interested in learning about us...
From: Twelve Canoes: Introduction, Indigemedia Incorporated, Christensen Fund, South Australian Film Corporation and Screen Australia, 2008