The story of Yolngu warrior, Djalu Gurruwiwi and world-famous musician Gotye.


30 November 2018

Indigenous languages play an integral and interconnected role in maintaining the identity, sustainability, vitality and strength of Indigenous cultures. As part of Australia's recognition and involvement with the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages we encourage you to share your stories, just like Djalu Gurruwiwi.

Westwind: Djalu's Legacy is the story of Djalu Gurruwiwi, an aging Yolngu warrior Elder in a line 60,000 years long, who is running out of time to pass on the Yidaki Songlines entrusted to him for the future of his people. He is known as the 'song man' and is a respected leader across the top-end and renowned for his mastery of the yidaki (didgeridoo). Djalu is also a master craftsman and custodian of the ancient knowledge, culture and Country for his Galpu clan.

The Songlines are in danger of being lost forever unless he can pass on his knowledge to his sons and community. Help comes unexpectedly from famous musician Gotye, who adds a contemporary spin to take the sacred songs to the world.

Westwind: Djalu's Legacy can be viewed on SBS On Demand.