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Why bark paintings were crucial to Yolngu

Dhuwa Turtle Hunt Source: Supplied / National Maritime Museum of Australia.

Why bark paintings were crucial to the milestone Yolngu sea rights decision, SBS News, July 2023

July 30 marks the 15th anniversary of a court case that gave sea-rights to the Yolngu people. The win guaranteed Aboriginal people ownership of around 80% of Northern Territory’s coastline, a ruling that included precedence over any commercial interests or fishing. And a series of bark paintings was at the centre of the ruling.

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See also: The battle for Sea Country legal rights

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