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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 Ngathu is his first choreographic work for the Company. Ngathu is inspired by the ngathu (cycad) nut, which only appears for a fleeting moment before the wet season.
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 Ngarra - Travelling and gathering
Mel'wutthun - Hitting and preparing the cycad nut
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