Chosen and described by Joseph Neparrŋa Gumbula
The University of Sydney Archives presents this unique volume of images from the northeastern Arnhem Land communities of Milingimbi and Galiwin'ku was selected and described by Dr Joseph Neparrnga Gumbula. This book provides some of the earliest photographic images of Yolngu dating back to 1926 showing traditional, ceremonial and mission life as well as images of landscapes and early anthropological expeditions.
Joseph Neparrnga Gumbula is an eminent Yolngu elder, artist and intellectual. He is descended from a long line of prominent Yolngu leaders whose contributions to dialogue and understanding between Indigenous and other Australians date from the 1920s, and is a foremost authority on international collections of material culture from Arnhem Land.