Duwarrawujara (Two Young Initiated Men) Animationa nd Education

  • Bradley, John (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Leone, Fred (Project Manager)

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project was instigated by senior Yanyuwa elders, Graham Friday, Mavis Timothy, Dinah Norman and Jemima Miller. They have requested the Wunungu Awara program work in close community and family collaboration to produce one of the most important Dreaming stories for the South West Gulf of Carpentaria in 3D animation as a process of preserving intangible cultural heritage in this region.
This Dreaming story tells the story of two young, just initiated men. The story is important for a number of reasons:
-Yanyuwa is a critically endangered language. There is concern amongst the last speakers that young people are no longer aware of the stories that belong to them and the mainland, sea and islands. The story we wish to animate was once well known throughout the Gulf country including amongst the Garrwa, Marra and Gudanji people.
-This story travels from inland once Binbingka and Wilangarra country, down the McArthur River from the Five Mile Bend, to Centre Island and then to Pearce and Urquhart Islands far to the north.
-This story is associated with process of male intiation and is important in regards to the only ceremony that is still being performed by Yanyuwa, Garrwa, Marra and Gudanji people in and around Borroloola. However, it is important to note, the story has no gender or age restrictions and can be read at a number of levels, depending on age and status.
Short titleTwo Young Men
Effective start/end date30/07/2030/06/22


  • Trustee for McArthur River Mine Community Benefits Trust: A$65,659.00


  • animation
  • cross generational knowledge
  • language revivial
  • geography
  • Gulf of Carpentaria