Placenames and Personal Names in Yolngu Society and Country Through Time

    Project: Research

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    The Yolngu peoples land and sea Country in north-east Arnhem Land is densely named, as a consequence of the actions of ancestral beings who gave shape to Country and to Yolngu society in place. Placenames are sung in ceremony, and passed down through the generations as personal names. This project aims to document the placenames of two Yolngu regions and explore what they tell us about Yolngu society as a system that has been in place for thousands of years. In consultation with Yolngu, it aims to create an interactive map and database archive to which Yolngu historians can add in the future, providing significant benefits for a community for who consider these names to be central to their identity and wellbeing past, present and future.
    Effective start/end date1/01/2030/12/24


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$978,949.00


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