The Wawilak Sisters' journey

The Wawilak Sisters' journey
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Wanyubi Marika from the Rirratjingu clan describes the journey of Laklak and Raymattja – the two Wawilak Sisters.

The Yolngu believe that their world was made by creator ancestors who journeyed across Arnhem Land. The Wawilak Sisters are major creator ancestors of the Rirratjingu and Marrakulu clans.

The Djungguwan ceremony reenacts parts of the Wawilak Sisters' journey and restates the Law that they laid down. The Yolngu Elders use the occasion of the ceremony to teach and discuss this Law.

This is an excerpt from the 2006 Film Australia National Interest Program DVD, Ceremony: The Djungguwan of Northeast Arnhem Land, produced in association with Denise Haslem Productions. It was made in collaboration with Yirrkala Dhanbul Community Association and the Rirratjingu Association.

It includes footage from Djungguwan - Speaking to the Future (Trevor Graham, 2002).