Djakapurra Munyarryun is a respected Yolngu songman from Dhalinybuy in North East Arnhem Land. He has featured in, and helped create, many of Bangarra’s productions as a dancer, cultural consultant and teacher, songman and yidaki player, but Ŋathu, is his first choreographic work for the company.
Ŋathu, is inspired by the ngathu (cycad) nut, which only appears for a fleeting moment before the wet season.
This production features the First Nations' language Yolngu Matha (Yirritja language group, North East Arnhem Land).
Sections of Ngathu
- Two Yapas - Two Sisters wake and prepare for the harvest journey
- Wurrumthun Ngarra - Travelling to the harvest
- Ngathu Warratthun - Picking and sorting the cycad nut
- Warratthun Contemporary
- Warratthun Ngarra - Travelling and gathering
- Mel'wutthun - Hitting and preparing the cycad nut
- Mel'wutthun Contemporary
- Warratthun Ngarra - Travelling
- Lurrpu - The white cockatoo signals
- Ngurrtja - The sacred bark protects the cycad nut over the hot coals
- Warratthun Ngarra - Travelling fast
- Wata - The wind is blowing
- Two Yapa's - The two sisters carry the knowledge of the cycad nut with them through the coming seasons and the next generations
Duration: 23 Minutes
Ŋathu, premiered in 2017 as part of the triple bill ONES COUNTRY, which included Ŋathu, Place, and Whistler.