Dhuwa and Yirritja
Everything in the Yolŋu world view is made up
of two moieties. One is Yirritja and the other one is Dhuwa. Dhuwa and
Yirritja make up our world view. They are two halves of our holistic
world view. Yirritja and Dhuwa fit together perfectly. Everything in
Yirritja and Dhuwa is connected. Yirritja and Dhuwa people intermarry
and everything in the land is either Yirritja or Dhuwa.
Dr R. Marika
Young Yirrkala community members welcome you to Yirrkala. They introduce themelves by their skin names and moiety.
The whole of the Yolŋu universe is divided into two halves, or 'moieties' (The word moiety means 'half'). People, animals, plants, and even the different winds are either Dhuwa or Yirritja.