This is a photo-slide of one year in the life of one Indigenous Homeland community.
I took these photographs back in 2008/9 while living with my adoptive Yolŋu family in Camp on the network of Homeland Communities that comprise the rich social fabric of remote North East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.
I recorded the music in Camp on the Homelands also.
The songs ('manikay') are here performed by my older Yolŋu brothers (wäwa'walala), sons (waku'walala) and grandsons (gutharra). These songs are part of the body or repertoire of ceremonial songs that belong (primarily) to people from 'Gumatj' and 'Warramiri' clan groups.
It is always heartening to know that there are still people who seek out independent accounts, representations or views of Indigenous Australia (beyond/as opposed to the dystopian fantasies of politicians etc. in the mainstream media).
You can find a recent piece I wrote on the struggle of the Homelands here: wp.me/pAp55-1kx
- - - - - - - - - Long live the Homelands! - - - - - - - - -
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