Yalu' Mar\githinyaraw aims to develop
and run programs for the Galiwin'ku
community that use Yol\u ideas of teaching and learning.
Yalu programs strengthen the existing models of Yol\u learning.
We aim to share general knowledge about Yol\u life.
is an example of this. The guku story teaches Yol\u about
people live together and build things together, just
like the bees live together in the hive.
It can also teach Yol\u
about diabetes, by learning the Yol\u law that tells
us about the ways to hunt
and eat sweet things. There are certain seasons when
people eat guku, we don't eat it
all the time.
We hunt for guku during the hot season called rarranhdharr
(September - October). This is also the time for r^gudha
(large shellfish). Yol\u law can help Yol\u deal with
problems that come from Balanda, like diabetes comes
from eating Balanda food.
When we teach children to dance the guku dance, we
are teaching them about the relationship between guku,
the people, and their ancestors. When the children
are dancing, they are thinking about how they are related
to guku. Is it their mother, sister, or grandparent?
All children have to learn the ancestral song of the
guku and fit themselves into the ancestral space. Then
they will know straight away what their relationship
By strengthening the links
(children) and their gurru=u (extended family), their
manikay (songs), their w^\a (land) and their dh^wu
(stories), we are helping the Galiwin’ku community
to be strong in solving our own problems. We need to
teach the children so that they can pass this knowledge
down from generation to generation. We need to make
sure this general knowledge is passed on.
Text by Joanne Gar\gulkpuy with
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