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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, the Aboriginal people of northeast Arnhem Land, and their response is a major theme of this long-term film project. Twenty two films document many aspects of Yolngu life. Each stands on its own but each is also part of a rich mosaic. The relationship between people and their clans, ritual, art and land is an intertwining theme. Several major ceremonies are documented. The importance of the land is ever present. Despite enormous disruption to their lives, the resilience of the Yolngu and their culture shines through.

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Ian Dunlop
Philippa Deveson
Ian Dunlop
Executive Producers
Chris Oliver
Dir. of Photography
Dean Semler


Ian Dunlop (narrator)

Production Details

Production Completion
History and national identity
Production Company
Film Australia Limited

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