WARNING: this article may contain names, images or voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
David Gulpilil's talent is awe inspiring. One of Australia's finest actors, he first appeared on screen at the age of 16 in Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout (1970).
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Born into the world's oldest continuous culture, he spent his early years completely immersed in the customs and traditions of his peoples, the Yolngu, from Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Here he learnt the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to be a custodian of his country and participate in cultural activities and ceremonies. Dance was a key part of this, as well as oral tradition and storytelling. Gulpilil draws upon this rich well of knowledge and spirituality in his screen roles.