This year Wunambal Gaambera’s Uunguu Rangers completed their Coxswain ticket at Mungalalu (Truscott). Now Uunguu Rangers: Ildephonse Cheinmora, Damon Bundamarra, Troy Karadada, Ebonny Hassett and Tabitha Evans, can pilot vessels to carry on the Wundaagu (saltwater) healthy country work.
Wunambal Gaambera people are saltwater and freshwater people. Their ancestors traveled the waters by raft and canoe right out to the outer reefs and islands. Their ancestral sea wanjinas are represented in cave paintings at Jalandal and Bigge Island. Wunambal Gaambera people are now continuing the tradition of looking after their wundaagu (saltwater) country.
Wanjina Wunggurr Uunguu Native Title Determination recognised Native Title rights to wundaagu (saltwater) country. Wundaagu is protected under an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA).
Find out more about Uunguu Indigenous Protected Area in the Wundaagu (Saltwater) Plan of Management 2016-2020
This project was developed in collaboration with Bush Heritage Australia, North Regional TAFE, Kimberley Land Council, ABC Kimberley, Kalumburu Community, North West Kununurra Visitor Centre, Derby Visitor Centre, Broome Visitors Information Centre, Kalumburu North Kimberley Tourism, Rachel Beadle.
Photo credit: Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation