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Yindyamarra: Respect, go slow, take responsibilty

Bernard Sullivan
Yindyamarra, 2016
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Image courtesy of the artist

Yindyamarra was an animated film work by artist Bernard Sullivan, narrated by Uncle Stan Grant. The film was created as a teaching tool, emphasising the importance of Wiradjuri language and culture.

It was filmed entirely on Wiradjuri land, with layers of animation and narration added to teach various aspects of Yindyamarra.

Yindyamarra is at the heart of Wiradjuri culture and lifestyle. It is sometimes translated as respect, but it is difficult to translate a word that encapsulates a whole way of life.

This film seeked to share an understanding of different aspects of Yindyamarra including the qualities of respect, going slow, honouring, and of taking responsibility. Each of the twenty sections of the film reveals a different aspect.

For 2016, the NAIDOC theme was 'Songlines', the crisscrossing tracks of the Dreaming that trace the journeys of ancestral spirits, as they created the land, animals, and lores.