The Knowledge Water Story
In our culture, water (or ‘gapu’ in our language) represents the knowledge of the Yolngu.
That knowledge has been passed on from generation to generation to generation. And we still live with that knowledge. It is our connection, our identity, our belief and our law.
In Yolngu culture, where waters meet, knowledge is shared.
Our Water Source
East Arnhem Land is a pristine wilderness with small communities like ours scattered around while the rest of the country is natural bush which is full of tucker.
A lot of the land is quite flat and there are places where wet season lagoons form. It is places like this where water recharges the aquifer that feeds the Knowledge Water spring.
The local bore in this aquifer can produce a lot of water – much more than we will ever use. It is soft, sweet and so pure that we can package it without changing it chemically.
The tree in our Knowledge Water logo is one of our totems, the Mayku (paperbark tree). It grows in the rainforest at the heart of our land where the fresh spring water comes to the surface. The layers of its bark represent the layers of knowledge.
When we planned the business with our partners, one of our family members, Banul, drew a picture of the tree and that became the logo.
The lines on our packaging are also based on our traditional painting style. These lines represent the pure water from our spring.
We are proud to share our knowledge and our water with the people of Australia.