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Two women hole a trophy '2019 National NAIDOC

David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu, AM

Lifetime Achievement Award

Father, Grandfather, Brother, Actor, Artist, Ceremonial Dancer, Hunter and Tracker.

Renowned Yolngu Elder, David Gulpilil AM revolutionised the way the world saw Aboriginal people, by bringing traditional culture to the screen.

Growing up in the bush of Arnhem Land, David spent his childhood submerged in the customs and traditions of his people.

On Gurparlil Country he gained the skills, knowledge and expertise to take custodial responsibility for his county, to take care for his family and extended clans and lead cultural ceremonies and rituals.

As an artist David has made an outstanding contribution to the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people nationally and internationally, introducing audiences to traditional practices and Aboriginal forms of interpersonal communication.

His breakthrough performance in Walkabout remains one of the most iconic and compelling performances of all time.

With a career spanning 50 years, David acted in some of the most renowned works in Australian cinema history, including Storm Boy, The Last Wave, Mad Dog Morgan, Crocodile Dundee, The Tracker, The Proposition, Australia, Ten Canoes and Rabbit Proof Fence.

Beyond the screen, David is a highly respected Elder, ceremonial dancer, mentor, leader and advocate for homeland, teaching the Yolngu culture.

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