Lulpangi 'Kevin' Mununggurr
Yolngu Name: Lulpangi Mununggurr
English Name: Kevin
Clan Group: Djapu
Skin Name: Gumarrang
Birth place: Yirrkala
Age: Closely guarded secret...
Much like many of his brothers, Kevin is new to tourism, but he has nonetheless welcomed many people to his prized homeland in the past.
In 2008 Kevin along with other members of his Djapu clan welcomed the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to Yirrkala. Together they performed the "Wandawuy Cloud" as they handed proceedings over to the Rirratjingu clan.
Kevin has travelled throughout Arnhem Land to places such as Grooyte Island, Elcho Island, Maningrida and Numbulwar, to date has only visited a few of the larger Australian cities such as Darwin and Melbourne for short visits; mostly medical visits.
In the 1980s he recalls one trip to Melbourne for a cultural exchange where he taught city kids about Yolngu Bunggul (dance), fire making and other aspects of his culture.
Kevin studied at Yirrkala before staring work early as a teenager. He returned to study at Darwin and was one of the first students to attend the Kormilda College from 1972-1974. He is proud of the fact that he had left Darwin before Cyclone Tracey in December 1974.
Kevin has worked in numerous positions. Straight out of school at Yirrkala he worked as a farmhand at what is now known as the Banana Farm. From there he became involved in building at Yirrkala, and even recall building with bricks.
Returning from Darwin Kevin worked with Laynhapuy in the workshop and in the office as a Development Worker. Part of his duties were to deliver food and materials to the remote homelands in 4WDs.
Among some of his memorable projects were building the airstrip at Gulkawuy (Trial Bay). He did so with a simple axe and his bare hands. From there he worked with his father and brothers to build/clear a road to Bukudal.
At Bukudal Kevin helped to build the two original kit (or 'kid') houses as they are called at Bukudal. Since then he has spent a great deal of time at Bukudal.