Jimmy Japanangka Langdon a respected Warlpiri Elder from the Community of Yuendumu speaks with Caama’s Josef Jakamarra Egger on how his community is coping with COVID-19.
Currently the community of Yuendumu is going well with community members returning back to normality. People have resumed work and the schools are up and running. There is plenty of food and supplies at the shops which have been set at an affordable price, to alleviate the financial burden on community members.
Mr Langdon states that roads will be open up next month but people have to remain vigilant.
Currently the Community of Yuendumu is safe and free of COVID-19.
Mr Langdon works intently across a range of fields: education, leadership, community safety, youth and community development and mentors neighbouring Warlpiri and Anmatyerre communities. He is the Chairperson of the Local Authority Board, Central Desert Shire and within this role focuses on bridging kardiya (non-Indigenous) and yapa (Warlpiri) management styles in relation to employment and service provision.
Recently he was re-elected as the Deputy Chairperson of the Yuendumu School Council and aims to strengthen Indigenous representation on the Council through encouraging young parents to become more involved in their children’s education.
Jimmy is also the Deputy Chairperson of Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC) overseeing a vast range of youth services, including cultural mentoring.
As an accomplished musician and songwriter, in his leisure time, Jimmy plays in a band and cares for his 12 grandchildren.