Gawurra is a well known song man in Arnhem Land with a big following. He is strongly connected to his Country and traditional culture. The songs are his traditional songlines. Gawurra says ‘We don’t write these songlines down, we sing, this is how we learn. We sing from the heart and mind’. The songlines are the stories of the land and the sea, the wind, the clouds, they tell who Gawurra is. ‘The songlines are how we know our Country’ says Gawurra.
Ratja Yaliyali means Vine Of Love. Ratja Yaliyali is a songline coming from a long time ago. It is the thread of love that keeps everything connected. People feel the spirit of Ratja Yaliyali, feelings fading and coming back again. Ratja Yaliyali is a spirit, like the wind. It’s a feeling, a connection and it touches the heart of people. Ratja Yaliyali connects all people, different clans, and makes us all one. Ratja Yaliyali is the journey of life, and when people listen, it is a remembering of anything from the past, and of people and family who have passed.