Tributes for Mr. Yunupingu

At the moment we are hosting a small quiet display at school outside The Learning Hub focussing on poetry & lyrics. There is a book open in the cabinet and the pages show the lyrics for Treaty. Words, poetry, songs – there is agency in language & communication.

Treaty was co-written with Paul Kelly and was produced on Yothu Yindi’s second album Tribal Voice.

Mr. Yunupingu “as the frontman of Yothu Yindi pushed indigenous music beyond Australian borders and gained a global audience with his 1992 hit Treaty. Yunupingu, who died overnight aged 56, was born in an Aboriginal reserve in Yirrkala, Arnhem Land, on September 17, 1956.

A member of the Gumatj clan of the Yirritja moiety, his ancestral totem was the “baru”, or saltwater crocodile. His surname, Yunupingu, translates as “rock that will stand against anything”.Yunupingu began teaching at the Yirrkala School in his early twenties, becoming the first indigenous Australian appointed as a school principal after receiving a Bachelor of Education in 1987.”  [Yunupingu broke indigenous barriers The Australian June 03 2013]

Take some time to find out more about this remarkable man.

A small sample of the many tributes this week :

Yunupingu: A teacher until the end [Sydney Morning Herald]

Yothu Yindi frontman Yunupingu dies aged 56 [ABC News On-line]

Yunupingu, the voice of a nation [The Age]

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