Indigineous Australians built a relationship with Indonesia since 1700 through Maccasan traders from many parts of Eastern Indonesia.
It all started with sea cucumber or also known as teripang. Maccasan traders came to East Arnhem Land in 1700 to get teripang there and exchanged it with clothes, tobacco and alcohol.
The legacy of Maccasan traders is still there. There are still a number of Yolngu people with Maccasan descendants who live in East Arnhem Land. Language also plays an important part in keeping up the historical link alive. Some words like rupiah (Indonesian currency) is the Yolngu term for money.
Suara Indonesia Dance got a chance to reconnect the ties between the two countries by doing dance workshop at schools in the Yirrkala community, North-East Arnhem Land. It culminated in a final performance with local Yolngu artists and students.
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