Why we are all family
Every Yindjibarndi person belongs to one of four(skin groups) – Banaga, Burungu, Balyirri or Garimarra.
A lot of business in the community follows people’srelationship to one another. Take our Birdarra Law ceremony for example, it is run by strict rules which guide everyone in the part they have to play during the ceremony. Each person understands their job by knowing their relationship to the boy going through the Law.
Ouris the most important part of the Law passed to us by the Marrga during the learning times. A baby’s is decided by the of his or her parents and according to the Law there are special rules of marriage between groups.
A Banaga man must marry a Burungu woman and all their children are Balyirri. A Burungu man marries a Banaga woman and their children are Garimarra.
On the other side, Garimarra men must marry Balyirri women and their children are Burungu. Balyirri men marry Garimarra women and their children become Banaga.
All things in the world have– plants and animals, the stars, sun, wind and rain, all sacred sites and permanent pools belong to one of the four groups and are therefore in relationship to us in the same way as an uncle, cousin or parent.
Through ourrelationships, all Yindjibarndi are connected like an extended family, where with clear rules of respect and discipline. enables everyone to relate they can work out whether you are brother, auntie, cousin, nephew or whatever. If you don’t know your , then you’d be lost wherever you go.