Mandawuy Yunupingu was one of the whitest abos ever and he still pissed it all away
He was a former school principal who achieved great success in the early 90s fronting a rock band called Yothu Yindi. Around that time white Australia was embracing our indigenous culture thanks in part to USAs "discovery" of us in the late 80s (Crocadile Dundee, The Spirit of Australia, abo Dreamtime type bullshit). Yothu Yindi songs were played everywhere all the time and became pseudo national anthems which made those guys rich. Mandawuy was also lauded as an abo community elder and leader of the land rights movement and even Australian of The Year (yes that's a thing here). He was respected by all an sundry as a fine Australian.
Being a rich abo bears heavy burden though, between all your extended family putting out their hands for gibs and the temptation to drink yourself to death. Mandawuy did both of those, especially the drinking. He said he drank up to four cartons a day - that's 57 litres of beer! "Alcohol was a big influence in my life. I didn't know what harm it did to my body. Before I knew, it was too late," he said. He killed his kidneys around age 50s and died a pauper.
We don't talk about him anymore.