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Yolngu and Globalization Impact

Yolngu have long been engaged in fighting for recognition both within and
apart from the colonial histories that have presented dominant narrative
versions of their pasts. Yolngu are able to articulate with change in the
transformation of the roles and structures which control them Yolngu have
been instrumental in talking their life histories to the world through the
internet as well as bringing people to their lands to share their performance
heritage. As they continue to fight for recognition and the survival of their
cultural heritage in face of threats posed by globalization, the nature of
control over stories takes on another dimension
Their homes

Yolngu People were educated by Methodist missionaries who visited their
lands while Yolngu kids now go to school in urban towns now. It is important
to mention that schools have learned and implemented aboriginal
languages to be more integrated with their students identity.

In the same park were tribal political leaders from across East Arnhem Land,
the home of the Yolngu people. Everyone had hoped for sunshine but it was
drizzling with rain. At a certain point the tribal leaders walked the distance
between the two groups and handed the Prime Minister a petition. Despite
the awkwardness of the exchange, the Yolngu people, through their
delegated political leaders (the Dalkarramirr and Djirrikaymirr), had just
requested Australian federal constitutional recognition of their way of life.

Yolngu artists and performers have been at the forefront of global
recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Yolngu traditional
dancers and musicians have performed widely throughout the world and
have had a profound influence on contemporary performance troupes such
as Bangarra Dance Theatre