“Out of the land, our sounds become our words, our words become our stories, our stories become our songs, our songs become our ceremonies, our ceremonies become our teachings, our teachings become our beliefs, our beliefs become our law, and through that, we are strong and know who we are, wherever and whatever we are … More Wanta Jampijinpa on Ngurra-kurlu
Kurdiji 1.0 Aboriginal suicide prevention app is in its last week of crowdfunding! So we’d like to share with you, again, these video by Warlpiri elder Wanta Jampijinpa Pawu-Kurlpurlurnu, who is the force behind this initiative. Wanta and other elders from Lajamanu are creating an app to share the life-saving ideas of Kurdiji with the … More Wanta Jampijinpa on Kurdiji
Kurdiji 1.0 Aboriginal suicide prevention app is in its final week of crowdfunding and we need your help! Warlpiri elders are using technology to reconnect young Aboriginal people, all over the country, with culture, community and country. This film shows three dances of traditional Aboriginal dance performed by the beautiful David Gulpilil. The Emu and … More David Gulpilil dances
This video captures a Boruwuy and Yirrkala “Dhuwa dhapi” circumcision ceremony in 2008. For many Indigenous tribes, the first important event in the passage from childhood to manhood is the circumcision ritual. These ceremonies, which often last several weeks, mark the change from a carefree childhood to disciplined manhood, from irresponsibility to responsibility, from ignorance … More Boruwuy and Yirrkala “Dhuwa dhapi” ceremony
The “Aeroplane Dance” from Borroloola depicts an event of the Second World War when an American bomber crashed in country to the east and the crew was found and rescued by local Yanyuwa people. Aboriginal ceremony is a living and evolving cultural practice that responds to events in living memory as well as events from … More “Aeroplane Dance” from Borroloola
This 1988 film shows some of the songs and dances of the Lardil people of Mornington Island and the Borroloola community. Songs and dances are passed down through generations, over thousands of years, and they convey cultural knowledge about country, ceremony, hunting and law. The transmission of cultural knowledge is very important for the wellbeing … More Mornington Island dances with didgeridoo
In Warlpiri country, and many other Indigenous nations, people supplement their diets with traditional bush food. Vegetables are notoriously expensive in desert communities and many families can’t afford to buy them on a regular basis. Diabetes is one of the biggest killers of Aboriginal people, so the inclusion of bush bananas, bush potato, bush eggplants … More Honey Ants!
Gurindji leaders protest a huge new mine that will divert the flow of the McArthur River, near Borroloola, in theNorthern Territory. When they try to visit their sacred sites on the river, Xstrata mining company buzzes them with a helicopter. The elders refuse to leave and perform traditional dances and songs by their sacred river. … More Song for the Rainbow Serpent
A group of Ngangkari traditional healers, from Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Lands, have created a mural which passes on knowledge about their unique ability to protect and heal individuals and keep communities from harm. They have made a video which explains the mural, in their own language but with English subtitles. It’s an extraordinary story… … More Ngangkari, Mural Story
This video shows young Nunggubuyu men singing and playing didjeridu and clapsticks while men and already initiated boys dance at the start of a “Djapi” initiation ceremony – late afternoon between the houses in Numbulwar, a community in East Arnhem Land.