death of elder who supported birdwatchers in western Arnhem Land

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Subject: death of elder who supported birdwatchers in western Arnhem Land
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:51:08 +0000
On 12 August I attended the funeral of Mr. Burrunali of Mamadewerrie 
Outstation, western Arnhem Land.  It was held at Gunbalanya (Oenpelli).

Mr. Burrunalli was one of thirty elders who supported birdwatchers coming to 
the area, even setting aside their best hunting billabong so that visitors 
would be safe.  He and other elders took other, cultural, measures to ensure 
the safety of visitors as well.

For those interested in such matters I called Mr. Burrunali ’son’.  I was 
invited to the funeral as the only relative remaining who stood in the 
relationship to him as ‘mother’ (his biological mother and her sister are 
deceased).  One invitation, from my Mawah (step-grandson), read:  "Kamak mawah 
come because you the last mum standing beside your two sister, the one always 
walk with you”.

I’m presently writing this up for the NT Field Naturalists’ newsletter if 
anyone is interested in further details.

Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow
PO Box 71
Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
043 8650 835

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