Vale to a great leader, Yunupiŋu

Yunupiŋu was a great clan leader, a great family man and very much loved. I wish Australian political leaders could have learned more from him, writes Professor Marcia Langton.
Aboriginal elder Yunupingu with children

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this article contains names and images of deceased people. Yunupiŋu’s family have given permission for his name and images to be used.

Dr Yunupiŋu was a magnificent person and a magnificent leader. Most people in Australia who are aware of him know him as a ceremonial leader because of his towering presence leading ceremonies at the Garma Festival for so many years and, most importantly, at events that he himself curated in order to make representations to prime ministers and ministers of Australian governments.

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