Apparently almost 1 in 10 Aussies believe #EastArnhemLand is a fantasy destination from a children’s book... 🤦♂️ This is Lonely Beach, a very beautiful (and real!) place that you can explore on a tour with aboriginal-owned organisation @Lirrwi Tourism. They offer day and multi-day guided tours into the remote Yolngu Homelands, departing from #Nhulunbuy ( #Gove ) between April and October. You'll get to see how the world's oldest living culture still does things today - from traditional spear fishing to gathering of bush foods. East Arnhem Land is only a short flight from #Darwin or can be accessed via the Central Arnhem Road. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia , @_markfitz! #SeeAustralia#TourismTopEnd#ArnhemLand
Spectacular coastal landforms with dazzling white sand beaches, combined with strong aboriginal culture, define the paradise that is #EastArnhemLand . If you're keen to explore this mysterious region but not sure where to start, aboriginal-owned company @Lirrwi Tourism offer day and multi-day tours into the remote Yolngu Homelands over the dry season (April - October). You'll get to see how the world's oldest living culture still does things today - from traditional spear fishing to gathering of bush foods. Located on the north-eastern tip of the NT mainland, the main town, #Nhulunbuy ( #Gove ), is only a short flight from #Darwin or can be accessed via the Central Arnhem Road.
Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia , @_markfitz! #SeeAustralia
This beautiful painting shares the terrific story of Gandjalala, the sugar bag ancestor🙏 Matthew Ashley Marraliyawuy🙂 #eastarnhemland
56x38cm | $619 | Free post | Available on our homepage (bio link)
This is the story about Gandjalala. The story starts at Ngilipitji, his home country. This is the place where he made his tools, he had a Dimbuka (special bag for honey), Warriman (spear) and Mawurrwurr (spear thrower). He stamped and danced on the Bambula (Dancing ground) there. He saw Nuthang the honey bee heading east and followed him to the Marrakulu place called Gurkawuy. Nuthang showed him a tree to cut down for honey. Gundjalala left a Maṯ there ( a chip of chewed bark used for scooping up the honey). He stamped and danced on the Bambula there too.
From Gurrkawuy the Nuthang lead Gandjalala further north to the hill they call Nhulun. “Follow me and I will show you where to put that Dhimbuka on the hill at Nhulun.” said Nuthang. Gandjalala was dancing as he hung up that Dilly bag. Only one Wagilak man, Gandjalala was travelling through this area. He turned west and saw the bee heading to another buku (hill), this Ɵme it was Wakurra, near Dhupuwamirri. He danced again and sang for his Märi’s (Grandmother) country.
Gandjalala then followed the bee to Dhupuwamirri where there was a Bonyarrpanymirr (this a special place where the bee larvae grew in fluid and then emerged and flew off). These bees were children of that place just like Yolngu now who call that place home, Wagilak children. He stopped there and stamped and danced again.
On his travels Gandjalala was hunting wallaby, you could tell because his spear and spear thrower had blood on them. He was also hunting for honey. Still following Nuthang he travelled towards Babulu, the old crossing on the Goyder river. He saw Girkinawarr honey (sort of like a father), he stamped his foot again and marked that place so he could come back and find that honey again later.
From Bapulungurr he travelled to Djilpin, Muduwurr. There he cut down the tree, Gadayka. It was a big tree, when it fell the gupa (top) of the tree fell at Raymangirr in the west and made a mark you can still see today....
The #yirrkala Methodist Choir came into #yolnguradio to record some songs for broadcast. The lady in green on the right is Eunice Marika, the sister of #yothuyindi frontman Mandawuy Yunupingu. Eunice voice is probably better than her brother’s but she stuck to singing gospel. #arnhemland