Yunupingu was a trailblazer in the fight for land rights and the constitutional recognition of Indigenous people in Australia. He died after a long illness. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese led tributes to the Gumatj clan leader, saying he was a great leader and statesman.
“Yunupingu walked in two worlds within authority, power and grace, and he worked to make them whole – together,” Mr Albanese wrote on Twitter. “He now walks in another place, but he has left such great footsteps for us to follow in this one.”
Yunupingu rose to prominence in the land rights movement in the 1960s, and was part of the first Australian legal case which tested the native title rights of First Nations people. Over the next fifty years Yunupingu went on to advise successive governments and was also celebrated as a singer, artist and promoter of Indigenous culture….