Gupapuyŋu is one of the languages of the Yolŋu Matha language group spoken in Northeast Arnhem Land. The Aboriginal people who are living in this area call themselves Yolŋu; it is common that a Yolŋu person speaks three or four different languages. The Gupapuyŋu is spoken in the Miliŋimbi area, although it is understood in the whole region by many of the Yolŋu clans.
`Learning Djambarrpuyŋu, no matter how little, demostrates a recognition of and respect for Aboriginal culture and creates a meeting point upon which relationships can be built.`
Djambarrpuyŋu is one of the languages spoken in Northeast Arnhem Land by the Yolŋu people. It has become the common language of many of the communities in the region. If you are planning to travel to the area any time in the future, or you are interested in the Yolŋu traditions, this is the #1 resource you need to have in your pocket. The book gives you an insight into the worldview of the Yolŋu people, tells you the `DOs` and `DON’Ts`that you need to know especially if you are interacting with a Yolŋu person, you can learn the basics of the pronunciation, useful phrases and plain conversations.
The book and the accompanying audio files are produced and published by ARDS Aboriginal Resources and Development Centre.
Book and DVD kit
The kinship system is a foundation of the Aboriginal social organisation, a complex system that not only determines how people relate to each other, but governs the roles and obligations towards each other and the Land. The kinship system differ from region to region, but they have one thing in common: the kin terms that used for blood relatives are extended to every people in the social world, to outsiders or `newcomers`, even to the non-human world. If you wish to learn about Aboriginal culture, studying kinship is the first step you need to take.