Hallelujah : the gospel according to Yuendumu

07 May 2011

55 minute radio documentary played over the PAW Radio Network. The documentary profiles the Baptist Church and pentecostal churches in Yuendumu and brings you the sounds of preaching and singing in the open air of Yuendumu.

Yuendumu is community of around 800 people situated on Anmatyerr land about 300 km northwest of Alice Springs on the Tanami Track. The population is mostly Warlpiri. Established in 1946 as a government rations depot, it wasn’t long before a Baptist Mission was set up and later, the Little Sisters of Jesus, a Catholic order, arrived. Both have become an enduring part of the community.

In Yuendumu these days, as in other remote Aboriginal communities, the Pentecostal movement has become a strong presence with a vibrant array of individual churches operating all over the community.


Field recordings Esau Japanangka Marshall, Tony Collins
Project facilitator Tony Collins
Interviewer and cultural liaison Esau Japanangka Marshall
Translations Esau Japanangka Marshall, Adrian Jupurrurla Nelson
Narrator Elizabeth Napaljarri Katakarinja
Music mix PAW Media Music Studio
Editor Tony Collins
Production date 2010
Warlpiri and English  ■■■






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