On Monday 6th March 2017 the Rirritjingu, Djambarrpuyngu and the Djunggaya (custodians) welcomed the Yirrkala School secondary students to their Term 1 and 2 learning at Nuwul and the surrounding country near Yirrkala.
The ceremony started with welcoming speeches by elders, followed by painting up the gapan (white clay) and then manikay (songlines) and bunggul (dance) to show respect to the country. The manikay was about the merri raki (string) and ngurula (the tern).
The country is now officially open for the Yirrkala School Learning on Country program. The country is also open for the extensive preparation by many organisations needed for the large Merri Galtha workshop planned by Langani Marika, elders, Dhimurru and the Yirrkala School for the first week of May 2017.
To use an expression from the elders, the spear has pierced the earth to create the starting point and direction.
Written by Jono & Djalinda