Footsteps home

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In the early 1970s, the Yolngu people of North East Arnhem Land decided
to leave the Yirrkala Mission, and return to their Ancestral Lands.
This exodus has since become known as the Homelands Movement, and had led to the (re)foundation of over twenty Clan settlements, each with housing, an airstrip and schools. This feature traces the Yolngu people's long journey back home, from the catalyst which drove it - their struggle and defeat in the Gove Land Rights Case
in 1971, through to the re-establishment of language, cultural identity and what the Yolngu describe as their 'obligation' to country.

Broadcast by Hindsight, ABC Radio National on Sunday 2 February 2003.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherABC Radio National
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2003


  • Homelands movement
  • Indigenous history
  • Indigenous leadership
  • Country
  • Arnhem Land
  • Yolngu


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