Djudawit 'Charlie' Mununggurr
Yolngu Name: Djudawit Mununggurr
English Name: Charlie
Clan Group: Djapu
Skin Name: Gumarrang
Birth place: Yirrkala
Age: Closely guarded secret...
Charlie smiles when asked about his tourism experience. Whilst he's new to the game, he is comfortable around visitors and is relaxed about sharing knowledge of his homeland Bukudal.
Charlie has visited just about all the homelands scattered throughout the 6,900 square kilometres that makes up today's Laynhapuy Indigenous Protected Area (IPA).
He has also visited Darwin, Sydney and Melbourne.
Like his brothers his formal education started in Yirrkala.
Charlie's first job was working as a builder. He learnt about bricklaying and carpentry "on the job".
As his building knowledge grew he started travelling to various homelands in the 1980s building kit homes. During this time he built homes a Garrthalala, Wandawuy, Gurrumul, Gan Gan and Birany Birany.
When Laynhapuy Homelands Association was first formed, Charlie was one of the first workers and continues in his position to this day.
Charlie's interests including sitting on his homeland and watching the Morning Star. He also enjoys teaching his young son Tony to make spears and woomeras, just as much as he does teaching him fishing and hunting.
Charlie is also an accomplished artist, having painted and sold several bark paintings in the past.