We Believe in It...We Know It’s True
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project

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We are the Landowner...That’s Why We’re Here
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
One of the most positive aspects of traditional Aboriginal Australia today is the outstation or clan homeland movement. Throughout central and northern Australia, groups have left the large centralised government settlements and church mission stations to form small communities on their own land. Yirrkala, in northeast Arnhem Land in the…
One Man’s Response
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
This film records the reaction of one clan leader, Narritjin Maymuru, to the coming of the Gove bauxite mine. In mid-1971 Narritjin held a mortuary ceremony at Yirrkala in memory of several relatives. He opened this ceremony to visitors from the mining town, charging them a small entrance fee. Narritjin…
Dundiwuy’s House Opening
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
For several months in 1971 Dundiwuy Wanambi and his wife, Gunapa, were living in a temporary shade at Yirrkala. They were awaiting the ritual cleansing and opening of their house. They had had to leave their house after the death of Gunapa's father, who had been living with them when…
The Dreaming Series 1
The Dreaming is an award winning animation series recommended by educational institutions throughout Australia. There are 6 parts to the complete series, and each looks at unique indigenous stories, beautifully animated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. The stories tell us things about the land, animals and birds, the…
Who We Are: Brave New Clan
Brave New Clan features six extraordinary young Australians who share what Indigenous culture means to them today in contemporary urban Australia. From the bustling streets of Sydney to the aquamarine vistas of the Torres Strait, their stories span a diverse population across the country and yet share common themes of…
Babakiueria
Imagine what it would be like if black settlers arrived to settle a continent inhabited by white natives? In 1788, the first white settlers arrived in Botany Bay to begin the process of white colonisation of Australia. But in Babakiueria, the roles are reversed in a delightful and light-hearted look…
The 1905 Act and Personal Experiences
All other ECU programs are available on Kanopy Streaming. This program is intended as an introduction to Aboriginal culture, the experience of invasion and colonisation and the ongoing struggle of Aboriginal people to maintain their identity as the first people of this land. Against a backdrop of the account of…
The Yirrkala Film Project - Documenting the Lives of Aboroginal Australians
A collection of 22 films made by Ian Dunlop over a 30 year period with the Yolngu, the Aboriginal people of northeast Arnhem Land. Yirrkala was an isolated mission station until the coming of a huge bauxite mine in the late 1960s. The impact of the mine on the Yolngu…
Madarrpa Funeral at Gurka’wuy
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
In 1976, Ian Dunlop was invited by Dundiwuy Wanambi, a leader of the Marrakulu clan, to Gurka'wuy on Trial Bay in the Gulf of Carpentaria. He wanted Film Australia to record the first major Marrakulu ceremony to be held at Gurka'wuy since its recent establishment as a clan settlement. While…
Narritjin at Djarrakpi
In 1974, Narritjin Maymuru and his family are establishing a small settlement at Djarrakpi, an important Manggalili clan site on the northern head of Blue Mud Bay in the Northern Territory.
My Country, Djarrakpi
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
Paintings, together with their related songs, dances and ritual events, form an integral part of the religious life of the Yolngu people of Northeast Arnhem Land. Every painting or design is owned by a particular clan. Every painting tells of events in a clan's Ancestral Past, when the present order…
Narritjin in Canberra
Part of the Series: The Yirrkala Film Project
In 1978 Narritjin Maymuru and his son Banapana were awarded fellowships as Visiting Artists to the Faculty of Arts at the Australian National University in Canberra. For three months they and their families worked in their campus studio. In the film, Narritjin conducts a seminar for anthropology students. He explains…