This primeval man travel for 2,000 miles just to be at his granddaughter’s graduation.
An aboriginal elder traveled over 2,000 miles from a remote island in Arnhem Land to Worawa Aboriginal College in Healesville, north-east of Melbourne, Australia where his granddaughter, Sasha, is set to graduate from year 10.
In an ABC interview, Gali said:
” I am proud of my grandchildren, Sasha and Alicia, I am proud that this college was taken care of and that they got a good education.”
The article also mentioned that the old man managed to go to the ceremony “despite feeling unwell on the morning”.
Gali is a Yolngu Mala leader, known as the morning Star dancer. he doesn’t know his exact age.
Together with his two granddaughters, Gali performed a special traditional dance called Lunggurma, mean ” north wind”.
” When visitors come to Elcho Island my grandfather always dance, and all the grandchildren dance with him.”
” I always love to dance with my grandparents.”
” This was a bit unique.”
She also added:
” I love hunting, looking for oysters and fishing and looking for mangrove worms and dancing traditional, we call it bunggul, that’s what I miss, and telling stories around the campfire.”
” I speak three Indigenous languages.”
” Going to a boarding school like this, I learnt new Indigenous languages and cultures from different communities as well.”
Sasha hopes to finish year 11 and 12 at the Clontarf Aboriginal College. She also dreamed to work as a nurse someday.
” I would still love to practice culture and teach people my culture. I also want to be role model to younger girls and show them that they can do something with their lives and be happy.”
Watch the traditional dance they performed below: