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North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
For hundreds of years, the Yolngu people of the north coast of Australia regularly traded with visiting seafarers from Makassar.
Did you know?
Trepang (sea cucumbers) were harvested in northern Australian waters by Indonesian fishermen from Makassar. They were then sold in China, where they were considered a delicacy.
Culture and community
Activity: Yolngu man Djaladjari travelled to Makasar via Timor as a boy in the 1890s. Have you ever travelled to a different region or country? What happened? How did it feel? Share your story with a classmate and listen to their story. What are the similarities and differences between your experiences?
Activity: Have a class discussion about the different cultural groups in your community. How have these groups shaped the character of your community?