Evonne Munuyngu

Evonne Munuyngu

Skin name: Bilinydjan
Language: Mandhalpuy
Dreaming: Dhuwa
Clan: Mandhalpuy
Date of birth: 1960-01-01
Outstation: Gulpilul



David Gulpilil’s sister

Born at Mirrngatja outstation on the Eastern edge of the Arafura Swamp, Mununyngu  married at an early age and moved to Galiwin’ku with her father. Her husband, an elder Rittharrngu man, died at Gapuwiyak ( Lake Evella). They had no children. 

At Galiwin’ku township she attended school at Shepherdson College,being taught by Kevin Rrurrmbu,  Don Graham and Cindy Graham. A bright student she is now comfortable with English as a spoken language and fluent with written text.

Before her mother died at Lake Evella she taught Munuyngu many things; how to weave a great range of fibre pieces was one of these skills. Though of a younger generation Mununyngu has retained this knowledge.

Surprisingly she has never left Eastern Arnhem Land, not even to Darwin, only visiting the Nhulunbuy mining township near Yirrkala. After her father’s death she came to live at Ramingining to be near her brother and sisters. In the late 1980’s she lived at the Mandjalpingu Outstation at Marrwuyu on the east of the Glyde River, and later spent most of the time at ” the tents” near Ramingining store, before houses were built there in 1991.

Keen to better herself and to “do things”, she has strived to gain meaningful employment, though the opportunities in the area have been few.