Traditional Women Healers of North East Arnhem Land

Eunice Djerrknu Marika is an important Gumatj Elder and healing woman in her community of Nhulunbuy, on the peninsula of North East Arnhem Land. She is known as one of the Seven Sisters, and travels and heals with her sister Dorothy Djakkanu Yunupingu, and her Granddaughters Lydia Yulula Marika, Djubula Janaya Munungurritj and Gimiyala Gwen Burarrwanga.

Storytelling and Yarning with the Elders and Children of North East Arnhem Land

Children and their parents will sit in a circle with Eunice Djerrknu Marika and her sister Dorothy Djakkanu Yunupingu, the amazing Seven Sisters and important elder women and spiritual healers of North East Arnhem Land. Together they will present children’s stories about The Seven Sisters in the Canoe as they travel through the sky, and many other amazing Creation Stories from Arnhem Land. Manikay (songs) will also be sung in their language Yolngu Matha, songs like Ganyu Ganyu Yitjuwalla - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Miyapanu Marrtji Gallyun, a beautiful children’s song about all the Animals of Arnhem land from the baru (Crocodile), djingilma (Mud crabs), Miyapanu (Sea Turtle). Along with these songs they will present Dorothy Yunupingu's beautiful Art around us representing these Dreamtime Stories and manikay (songs).

Fri, Dec 27 8:00AM Talking Circle
Sun, Dec 29 8:00AM Talking Circle
Tue, Dec 31 8:00AM Talking Circle

Women’s Healing and Bush Medicine

Gumatj Clan Leaders and Arnhem Land Elders perform a smoking ceremony that’ll connect you to Country, land and spirit. Massage oil created during each day from special bush leaves will relieve your aches and pains.

Sat, Dec 28 8:00AM Talking Circle
Mon, Dec 30 8:00AM Talking Circle
Wed, Jan 01 8:00AM Talking Circle