SHARING A SACRED STORY
DJALU Gurruwiwi is the custodian of the Galpu clan’s songlines – the ancestral stories, told in song, to the sound of the yidaki (known to western cultures as the didgeridoo). Trusted with this inheritance, he must pass it to the next generation, to keep tales like the Rainbow Serpent and tribal customs – from fishing techniques to bush tucker secrets – alive.
When his son proves reluctant to take on the responsibility, Djalu breaks with tradition and invites the singer, Gotye (the Grammy-winning artist behind the hit
on a tour of Europe. Blending their musical talents and sounds is both mesmeric and deeply moving.
From the captivating scenery in the Top End, to the clever graphics used to bring some of the sacred tales to life, this is an important and powerful piece of storytelling in so many ways; told with the respect and reverence these ancient customs deserve.