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Jan 7, 2015

The Aboriginal Crocodile Hunters

The Aboriginal Crocodile Hunters

The Arnhem Land reserve, closer to Bali than Sydney, covers an area of around 97,000 sq kms (37,000 sq miles), has a population of around 16,000 and access for non-Aborigines is by invitation only. Australia's aborigines are the custodians of the longest unbroken cultural tradition on earth, having migrated Down Under from Africa via Asia between 40,000 and 60,000 years ago, and connection to the land is practically written into their DNA.

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An aerial view of a river system in Australia's Northern Territory DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal children play on the dirt road that is the main street in the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Members of the Australian Aboriginal community of Ramingining stand next to a machine used to pay for fuel in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Robin Mildjingi and his grandson Gasier of the Yolngu people pose for a photograph as they sit out the front of their house in the Australian Aboriginal community of Ramingining located in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Four-year-old Gregory, grandson of Australian Aboriginal hunter Robert Gaykamangu, takes a bath in an old insecticide container at the 'out station' of Ngangalala, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Seventy-six-year-old Australian Aboriginal elder Jimmy Burnyila of the Yolngu people sits at his house located on the outskirts of the community of Ramingining located in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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An Australian Aboriginal of the Yolngu people dances as he participates in an initiation ceremony at the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginals of the Yolngu people dance during an initiation ceremony at the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Bruce Gaykamangu of the Yolngu people wears a crucifix that sits just above his initiation scar while searching for Magpie Geese near the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunters Bruce and Robert Gaykamangu stand on the bonnet of their car looking for potential prey at a billabong near the 'out station' of Ngangalala, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Robert Gaykamangu walks slowly while carrying a shotgun hunting Magpie Geese in a billabong near the 'out station' of Ngangalala, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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The bare feet of Australian Aboriginal hunter Robert Gaykamangu of the Yolngu people can be seen as he stands next to a billabong near the 'out station' of Ngangalala, on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu carries a shotgun over his shoulder as he walks through a native paperbark tree forest near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu carries a shotgun over his shoulder as he walks through a native paperbark tree forest near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu walks across a billabong while hunting a crocodile near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu of the Yolngu people uses a stick to try and find a crocodile he is hunting in a billabong near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu stands in a billabong after shooting a crocodile near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Marcus Gaykamangu lifts a baby crocodile above his head after capturing it at a billabong near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu of the Yolngu people drags a crocodile he has just shot dead out of a billabong near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu carries a crocodile he has just shot dead along the edge of a billabong near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu stands with his son Marcus who carries a baby crocodile on his shoulders on the edge of a billabong near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Johnny, the three-year-old grandson of Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu looks at the crocodiles and a native Australian lizard called a Goanna that have been killed at a billabong in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu of the Yolngu people sits by a billabong and cuts up a crocodile he just shot dead near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu sits by a billabong and cuts up a crocodile he just shot dead near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu sits by a billabong and cuts up a crocodile he just shot dead near the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Marcus Gaykamangu carries an Australian native lizard called a goanna over his shoulder on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Robert Gaykamangu of the Yolngu people carries a Magpie Goose he successfully shot in a billabong near the 'out station' of Ngangalala, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Robert Gaykamangu carries a Magpie Goose he successfully shot as he wades through a billabong near the 'out station' of Ngangalala, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Roy Gaykamangu places a native Australian lizard called a Goanna on a fire to cook it at the 'out station' of Yathalamarra, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunters Bruce and Robert Gaykamangu of the Yolngu people cook a Magpie Goose they just shot near the 'out station' of Ngangalala, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Michael Gaykamangu of the Yolngu people carries his three-year-old son Johnny on his shoulders as they walk through a paperbark tree forest to look for crocodiles in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal Norman Daymirringu and friend James Gengi cut off the leg of a buffalo for food after they discovered it dead on the side of a dirt track on the outskirts of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal Norman Daymirringu and friend James Gengi load the leg of a buffalo, which they intend to cook, into their vehicle after they discovered it dead on the side of a dirt track on the outskirts of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal Norman Daymirringu and friend James Gengi deliver a leg of a buffalo to a member of the community after they cut if off a dead buffalo on the side of a dirt track on the outskirts of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal rock art can be seen in a cave near the township of Jabiru located near Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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Australian Aboriginal hunter Bruce Gaykamangu looks across a billabong at potential prey near the 'out station' of Ngangalala, located on the outksirts of the community of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

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