We are the Landowner...That’s Why We’re Here


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1985, 48 Minutes

This film documents the work of the Clan Homeland Resource Centre at Yirrkala in 1982, and the running of one homeland centre at Baniyala.

One of the most positive aspects of traditional Aboriginal Australia today is the outstation or clan homeland movement. Throughout central and northern Australia, groups have left the large centralised government settlements and church mission stations to form small communities on their own land.

Yirrkala, in northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, used to be a church mission station and is now an Aboriginal township. Today it is one of the most active centres for the clan homeland movement, supporting over 15 small homeland settlements. Yirrkala is also on the doorstep of the massive Gove bauxite mine, which the Yolngu unsuccessfully tried to stop when they initiated the first Aboriginal land rights case in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

This film starts with a general introduction to Yirrkala and the Gove bauxite mine. Then from the Yirrkala Homeland Resource Centre the film goes to Baniyala, the homeland settlement of the Madarrpa clan, on the northern shores of Blue Mud Bay.

A Film Australia National Interest Program. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Producer/Director: Ian Dunlop

Narrator: Ian Dunlop

Featured People: Roy Dadaynga Marika

Year: 1985

Running Time: 48 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Indigenous Studies; Studies of Religion; Legal Studies - Contesting laws: Heritage, culture and land; SOSE/HSIE; Australian History - of particular relevance for NSW History Stage 5, Topic 6 'Changing Rights and Freedoms' Section A: Aboriginal Peoples - Change over Time; NSW History Stage 4 'Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact History: What has been the nature and impact of colonisation on Aboriginal, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples?'; English; Performing & Visual Arts. Teachers’ notes and background material are included.

SKU 200790107
Brand Film Australia

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