Dreaming Macassans Picture

"They came in peace

Through the Ashmore Reef,

Smoke and steel

And the Tamarind seed."

Youtube video : [link]
=>Yolngu band, Yothu Yindi, sings about Yolngu-Macassan relation in their song, "Macassan Crew".

Yolngu (Australia) and Makassar (Indonesia) are best friends since 15th century. They were separated when Gowa sultanate (Indonesia) fell to the invasion of the VOC (Dutch company). Yolngu (Australia) was captured by Britain and became British colony. As a result of the Half-Caste Acts and Stolen Generation period during the time of colonialism, Yolngu (Australia) became white and lost his memory. Indonesia is forbidden to enter Australia territory since she is "Non-White" according to the White Australia Policy. Along the way, Australia will be searching for his "true" place in the world.


=>Yolngu & Makassan

= Macassans came from Macassar, now known as Ujung Pandang, a city in the south-west of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
= Like much of indigenous Australia, the Yolngu are divided into two moieties, Yirritja lyiritja/jiridja) and Dhuwa (dua), with Yirritja people having responsibility for all things foreign.

The history the Yolngu shared with the Macassans had deep and lasting effects. Macassans became integrated into Yolngu narratives of creation, which told of the Bayini or Dreaming Macassans as mythological beings contemporaneous with the Yolngu creator-ancestors, Lany'tjun and Djang'kawu. In the sacred songs associated with the Bayini ancestor, Birrinydji, Yolngu "... drew names from words such as manunu (ship's anchor), mattjuwi (mast), or lati (sword)" (Urry and Walsh 1981:102; Bemdt 1965: 5; Mclntosh 2004:141-144

Encounters between Yolngu and Macassans did involve conflicts, but are remembered much more for the benign and productive relations that emerged - as a golden age, contrasting deeply with European-Aboriginal relations. In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, there was talk in the colony of South Australia that the trepang industry should be regulated and customs duties were collected from 1882, but nationalist incentives against recognizing this long-standing trade preoccupied both Australian governments and Dutch administrators of what was to become Indonesia. The ongoing practice of detaining Indonesian fishermen caught in Australia's territorial waters indicates how far this convivial history is from current practice (Mulvaney 1989: 27; Macknight 1976: 3; Balint 2005). Source :[link]

=>White Australia Policy : comprises various historical policies that intentionally restricted "non-white" immigration to Australia. From origins at Federation in 1901, the policies were progressively dismantled between 1949-1973. Source :[link]

=>Stolen Generation :The Stolen Generations (also known as Stolen children) were the children of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were removed from their families by the Australian Federal and State government agencies and church missions, under acts of their respective parliaments. The removals occurred in the period between approximately 1869[1] and 1969,[2][3] although in some places children were still being taken in the 1970s.[4][5][6] Source :[link]

Maaf is a Hetalia Doujinshi by Dinosaurusgede
Hetalia belongs to Himaruya. Australia APH belongs to Himaruya H.
Makassar is one of the city in Indonesia. Indonesia OC based on Himaruya's sketch. ([link])
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