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- noun A member of an
indigenous Australian peopleinhabiting north-eastern Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia.
- noun The lects spoken by these people, when regarded as a single language or language group.
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I personally always associate "Yolngu" with the group of peoples in Arnhem Land famous for the band "Yothu Yindi".
It was declared an Aboriginal Reserve in 1931 and thankfully the people known as "Yolngu" (often pronounced simplistically as "Yol-Noo") have, for the most part, succeeded in retaining and maintaining their strong, local, Aboriginal traditions.
Yolngu is used in Armhem Land both for Yolngu people ie speakers of Pama-Nyungan Yolngu languages and for Aboriginal people in general.
I'm in Sydney, also in Koori country and am familiar with that term and also with Murri and Yolngu and their particular regions.
I bet the Yolngu and Koori and Nyunga would think it was a hoot and the SMH readers would have a cow.
Maybe I should just go by my Yolngu name... but that's got a retroflex in it... barnmanarra, btw.
Gopuru tells of a totemic fish chasing the northwest wind, of clouds forming and ocean currents swirling: metaphors for the complex kinship patterns that exist within a system where everything is shared, decisions are taken collectively and balanda non-Aboriginals who spend time with the Yolngu are incorporated into the family.
Family and community are everything to the Yolngu.
The two listen to the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land, one of the oldest civilisations on earth. to perform a song from his new album, Rrakala, on a popular breakfast show.
"He knows all the Yolngu songs and stories; he has a lot of stuff in his head that he doesn't let out," says Hohnen.
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