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Yolngu are Indigenous Australian people living in north-eastern Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. Yolngu literally means ‘person’ in the language spoken by the people. Yolngu culture is among the oldest living cultures on earth, stretching back more than 70,000 years.

Connection to country is the essence of Indigenous culture and the stories of country are shared very differently by women compared to the men.

Approximately 3000 people live in the community of Yarralin Walangeri about 800 km south west of Darwin and in the wet, it becomes isolated during heavy rain. Major language groups are Ngaringman, Gurindji, Bilinara and Mudburraralin.

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Yarrabah is a strong, vibrant Aboriginal community in Far North Queensland.   Community health programs run by and for the local people are essential to the well being of the 2500 residence.

Marninwarntikura is a centre of inspiration that provides women and their families a place for positive change and leadership. Marninwarntikura is a Walmajarri word. ' Marnin' means 'women', 'Wanti' means 'big mobs of women' and 'Kura' means 'belonging to'. When said together, it means that women who belong to this region, these countries and each other, have come together

The young women of the APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara) Lands in Central Australia cheer on their Fathers, Brothers and Cousins as they play off for the Grand Final in Ernabella.

Of the land for the land, Aunty shares the place she was born and raised.

Galiwin’ku a remote community in North East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory and the home of more than 2000 Yolngu people. Yolngu Madayin Rom (sacred law) governs Yolngu women in North East Arnhem Land and in their culture, the symbol of a woman is a sacred and holy dilli bag. This bag carries the law in the same way as a woman carries her child in her womb. Women therefore are carrying and maintaining the discipline, the moral teaching and the law of community and are highly respected.  Their bodies are seen as sacred, as are their children according to the djalkirri rom (foundation law). Information referenced from Nyomba Gandangu Co-chairperson of the Makarr Dhuni Forum (the second tier of the Yolngu Ngarra – Parliament, representing all of the clans of Elcho Island)

Our children proudly wear the colours or our flag, Black is for our People, Red for the land we live on and Yellow for the Sun, the giver of life.

Women of the Torres Strait

Women Rangers of the Great Sand Desert in Western Australia

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The John Moriarty Foundation encourages young Aboriginal women of Borroloola to chase their dreams on the field and off.  Sport plays an important roles in the majority of Aboriginal communities and is being employed as a participator to encourage the youth to learn and play.

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The practice of Aboriginal dance & culture for women is a very important element in the preservation & continuance of culture.
This photograph is at a festival in Far North Queensland at the site of a very old traditional Bora ground and is a respected and sacred site to Aboriginal people.
Known as a meeting ground for the communities of Cape York, the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival is highly regarded by many Aboriginal people as a place where families meet new and old family members, make new acquaintances and exchange and pass on family histories


Great Grandmother, Grandmother, Mother, Sister, Aunt and keeper of Knowledge.

Creative expression of traditional culture through modern dance has produced some of the greatest performers Australia has seen.