dhapanbal guwalilngu yunupingu

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My name is Dhapanbal Guwalilngu Yunupingu, I am one of the daughters of Yunupingu and Yalmay Marika (Yunupngu). I was born and raised here at Yirrkala. I’ve watched my mother painting. She was one of the first Indigenous people from her community to fully qualify as ateacher, she graduated with a Diploma of Teaching in 1996.

In 2005, She won a state government Award for Teaching Excellence, which recognised her achievement as a bicultural role model for students and staff. “A stalwart in the field of two-way education, She was a founding member of the Yirrkala Night Patrol. She contributes to The Healing Place, an Indigenous ‘alternative’ medicine centre, and the annual Garma Festival set up by the Yothu Yindi Foundation to promote Yolgnu culture. She is married to activist, teacher and Yothu Yindu singer, Mandawuy Yunupingu.

In I995 after leaving school I worked at Yirrkala Community School, for one year as a teacher assistant, then I worked at Yolngu Business Enterprise (YBE) then in 2009 I worked in the printing space at Buku larrnggay learning to make etchings, and then worked for a short time at Marngarr office before returning to work at Buku Larrnggay.

materials: bark from a stringy bark tree, bauxite (which is the product of Rio Tinto mines in the Yirrkala region)

this is a one off pair of sneakers available only in size 37

website: www.yirrkala.com

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