This is Our Story: Yanyuwa Experiences of a Pandemic

Dinah Norman, Jemima Miller, Mavis Timothy, Graham Friday, Leonard Norman, Gloria Friday, Adrianne Friday, Warren Timothy, Joanne Miller, Lettie Norman, Noeleen Raggett, Colleen Charlie, Carole Charlie, Miriam Charlie, Rhoda Hammer, Marlene Timothy, Peggy Mawson, John Bradley, Amanda Kearney

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This article presents a dialogue about the COVID‐19 pandemic with Yanyuwa families from the remote community of Borroloola, southwest Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Australia.1 As we examine in a longer work, the coronavirus pandemic is one chapter in the history of pandemics in the region, from which Yanyuwa have born social and cultural consciousness around the threat and actuality of incoming sickness and loss of life, translating meaning and launching actions to safeguard their kin and the health of their community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-40
Number of pages7
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Special thanks to Katrina Langdon at the Waralungku Art Centre who kindly facilitated many of our telephone conversations and assisted also by sharing her own local experiences of life in lockdown in Borroloola. Flinders University generously provided the funding to support this project.

Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • COVID-19
  • Borroloola
  • Pandemics
  • Yanyuwa people
  • Aboriginal people


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