David Wilfred

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Yidaki (didjeridu) / Dance

Skin name: Bulun
Clan: Wägilak
Language: Rythangu
Born: Numbulwar

David is the traditional Djungayi (Manager) for the manikay of the ghost Djuwalpada and the country of Ngilipidji, the songs central to the Crossing Roper Bar project. David is a Ritharrngu man and his mother was Wägilak. Through Crossing Roper Bar David has found a new form of artistic expression, and he has adopted a highly disciplined approach to his work on the project.

The Wägilak Gujarra/Nyilapidgi (stone spear group) are leaders in the performance of Wägilak manikay or song cycles and dance. This Young Wägilak Group is based in Ngukurr, NT, from where they travel to outlying regions to perform their roles in various ceremonial functions. Through their performances for Crossing Roper Bar they have allowed people further afield to learn about their culture while showing a way forward for young people wishing to engage with the traditions of the living Elders and their ancestors.

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