The Yolngu (Northeast Arnhemland Aboriginal) people have their own theories
of text, language, land, identity, representation, and the links amongst
them. These theories underlie Yolngu laws of intellectual (and other) property,
and the politics of representation.
In our work developing Yolngu language materials for teaching languages
and culture at Northern Territory University, we need to take into account
both Yolngu and Balanda (white Australian) laws concerning intellectual
This presentation starts with some information about the Yolngu world and
IP issues in terms of some of the multimedia work being done through NTU,
and opens the discussion concerning representation, property, and the law.