How many clans of Yolngu people are there?

By: Henri KorverUpdated: March 02, 2021


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sixteen clans

Keeping this in view, where are the Yolngu people from?


Beside above, what does Yolngu mean?

The people who live in the Miwatj or north-east Arnhem Land region are known generally as Yolngu, which simply means 'people'. They belong to a number of intermarrying clans that are also closely related culturally and linguistically.

How do you say hello in Yolngu?

A collection of useful phrases in Yolngu, a Pama-Nyungan language spoken in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Useful phrases in Yolngu.
Phrase Yolŋu Matha (Yolngu)
Hello (General greeting) The concept of 'Hello' does not exist in Yolngu, hence most use the English 'hello,' or 'hey'
Hello (on phone)

What does WAWA mean in Aboriginal?

According to a user from Australia, the name Wawa means "Wawa means "brother" in Yolngu matha".


Did the Makassar and Yolngu people influence each other?

The Makasar did not settle in Arnhem Land but they did have an influence on Yolŋu society and ritual. They introduced calico, tobacco and smoking pipes, and words that are still in use today, such as rrupia (money). Most importantly they introduced an item of technology that transformed Yolŋu life — metal.

What does Nhulunbuy mean?

Nhulunbuy is a township that was created on the Gove Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia when a bauxite mine and deep-water port were established nearby in the late 1960s, followed by an alumina refinery. Nhulunbuy means 'honey man' in Yolngu language, but is also known as Gove.

Why is Arnhem Land sacred?

One of the reasons why Arnhem Land is considered sacred is on account of the fact that this geographical space has been the square destination for aboriginals to pass down cultural traditions to the next generation.

Who named Arnhem Land?

Arnhem Land derives its name from Cape Arnhem. In April 1644, Tasman named Arnhem Land after the Dutch vessel "Arnhem" which explored the area in 1623. Cape Arnhem, derives its name from one of the two Dutch ships "Pera" and "Arnhem" which in April 1623 proceeded in company along the south coast of New Guinea.

What is Aboriginal moiety?

Moiety is a latin word meaning 'half'. Each nation and language has its own term for Moiety. For example, the Yolngu people of north-eastern Arnhem Land are either Dhuwa or Yirritja. In the Yolngu worldview, ancestral beings assigned everything in the universe to either the Dhuwa or the Yirritja Moiety.

Can you go to Arnhem Land?

Getting to Arnhem Land. Entry to Arnhem Land is by a free permit only (with minor exceptions like a day trip where you fly in and out). If you're travelling independently, you'll need to apply to the Northern Land Council at least 10 working days before you leave.

How do the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land explain the existence of sunrise and sunset?

For example, the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land in the far north of Australia, tell how Walu, the Sun-woman, lights a small fire each morning, which we see as the dawn (Wells, 1964). Thus the Yolngu people explained the daily motion of the Sun across the sky and back again under the ground.

What tribe is baker boy from?

Early years. Born in Darwin, Baker Boy grew up in the Arnhem Land communities of Milingimbi and Maningrida. His totem is the Olive Python, his moiety is Dhuwa and his skin name is Burralung / Gela boy.

Are there any full blooded aboriginal peoples left?

So, today, out of a population of hundreds of thousands at the time of white settlement, there are only 47,000 full-blooded Aborigines left in Australia.