Cross-Cultural Learning

Dynamic insights and skills for working with Yolngu and other First Nations groups

Why Warriors’ Cross-Cultural Learning Platform offers a fresh, comprehensive look at cross-cultural learning for individuals and organisations. Our aim is to help students develop dharaŋanawuy — a deep mutual respect and understanding — with First Nations peoples, other ethnic minorities, and cultural groups.

This Platform offers online learning resources developed by Richard and Timothy Trudgen, in partnership with Yolngu colleagues, across 40 years’ experience living and working in north-east Arnhem Land.

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Our Featured courses

After 40 years of face-to-face training, we now offer these online courses for your convenience. Click through to explore our first lessons about the Yolngu way of life, including tools for effective cross-cultural communication, and insights into universal human dynamics.

Worldview Course

Understanding worldview is like learning a new language, and it is essential for effective and productive cross-cultural communication.

The Worldview Course includes:

Chapter 1 introduces the new language of understanding ‘worldview’, essential for effective and productive cross-cultural communication.

Chapter 2 explores the strange and unexpected differences in people’s worldviews. We learn historical examples and develop techniques to recognise and understand them.

When you are competent in the language of worldview, you will have a deeper and broader understanding of the nuances inherent in communicating with persons from a different cultural group to your own.

Richard Trudgen shares his 40 years of cross-cultural experience to guide us through the Worldview course.

$37

Kinship Course

The Kinship chapters explore the complex and unusual kinship structure of the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land.

The Kinship Course includes:

Chapter 1 introduces the Yolngu kinship system and its terms, rules and naming protocols.

Chapter 2 details kinship connection relationships.

Chapter 3 explores the reasons behind kinship avoidances.

You will also be given downloadable kinship charts from both a male and female perspective, in A3 and A4 formats.

Understanding the Yolngu kinship structure is integral to comprehending the basis of Yolngu economic, legal and social systems, as well as engaging in successful cross-cultural communications.

The importance of learning kinship structures when working with other indigenous groups is highlighted in the content of these courses. 

$47

Why Learn about Yolngu Culture?

Australia’s First Nations peoples are one of the oldest continuous surviving groups in the world, known to have existed for at least 60,000 years — before the end of the last ice age. Yolngu people are some of the most traditional of these groups, who still live by their original law and language.

By learning about Yolngu culture, you can learn about, and in effect protect, the original Australian culture in its true form.

Learning about cross-cultural and cross-language differences between Yolngu and non-Yolngu people will also empower you with information and skills to help you understand human dynamics in other cross-cultural settings.

In developing these courses, Richard Trudgen builds on his wealth of experience teaching Yolngu culture in seminars across every major city in Australia, as well as in small communities — from Weipa, in northern Qld, to Broome in WA.

Thanks to Richard’s hard-earned insights, Why Warriors’ Cross-Cultural Learning courses can equip you to be more culturally competent and be able to work in a more culturally safe way, with a wide range of ethnic groups.

Learning outcomes include:

Hi, I'm Richard Trudgen, your Cross-Cultural Learning Mentor

I have lived and worked with the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land for over 40 years.
Learning their language and way of life has provided me with a unique hands-on, cross-cultural learning experience. Much of this has come from the elders and their ancient wisdom, which they have requested I share with you.
I helped the Yolngu build their own small town, develop homeland villages, build media services, and provide cross-cultural training for English first-language people like myself.
We can all be future changers just by helping someone. At times, that can mean learning new things about ourselves, and walking in the footprints of another group of people can do that. 

So please, join me in a life-changing experience as we share these knowledges with you.

Hi, I'm Richard Trudgen, your Cross-Cultural Learning Mentor

I have lived and worked with the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land for over 40 years. 

Learning the Yolngu Matha language and Yolngu way of life has provided me with a unique hands-on, cross-cultural learning experience. Much of this experience has come from the elders and their ancient wisdom, which they have requested I share with you.

I helped the Yolngu build their own small town, develop homeland villages, build media services, and provide cross-cultural training for English first-language people like myself.

We can all be future-changers just by helping someone. At times that means learning new things about ourselves, and walking in the footprints of another group of people can do that. 

So please, join me in a life-changing experience as we share these knowledges with you.

Yolngu Matha Learning Hub

What my students say

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We should have been taught the things you just taught us when we first arrived or even before we got here. I have been stressing out Yolngu people by trying to talk to them in the wrong way, but I have also been stressed out by not knowing why the people were not responding. It is crazy we are not taught this stuff!
Anonymous
Nhulunbuy
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4.5/5
The communication information was particularly helpful. Also talking about attainable solutions to particular situations made it very user-friendly. This course has raised so many questions that I realised I didn't know very much.
Anonymous
Community Store Worker of 11 years
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5/5
Just brilliant. It has made me more culturally aware and now I am interested in learning more.
Anonymous

Why Warriors respectfully acknowledge the Yolngu people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work.

We pay respect to all First Nations peoples, past, present and emerging.

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