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First Nations of the Kimberley Region

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  • The Fitzroy Valley

    Fitzroy Crossing is a small town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, 400 km east of Broome. It is surrounded by the floodplains of the Fitzroy river. At the 2016 census, the population of Fitzroy town was 1,297 and there are 2,000+ people living in up to 50 Aboriginal communities scattered throughout the Fitzroy Valley.
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  • Marra Worra Worra

    Marra Worra Worra was established in the late 70s by the people of the Fitzroy Valley. Leaders of the five surrounding tribes began meeting at the banks of the Fitzroy River to form a stronger voice to talk to government. The people connected through Marra Worra Worra are the Bunuba, Gooniyandi, Nyikina, Walmajarria and Wangkatjungka people. 

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  • The Bunuba People

    The Bunuba people are the river and hill people. According to wikipedia, their land stretches from Brooking Springs, and Leopold Downs Station to the Oscar, Napier and King Leopold Ranges.
  • Thangani Bunuba: stories from the elders of the Bunuba people.

    'This collection of stories is for future generations. It also offers other Australians an insight into a living Aboriginal language and way of life. Within this book you will find stories on creation, descriptions of hunting, gathering and preparing food, and sketches of traditional life. You will read accounts of early contact with Europeans, told by people who lived through that time. Fittingly illustrated with paintings by Bunuba people, this is a valuable and compelling social record.' (Source: Back Cover) (...more)
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  • Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance

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    'The thrilling story of the great warrior, Jandamarra, who turned from police assistant to resistance fighter, leading his people against the white forces invading their land.' Source: www.magabala.com/ (Sighted 13/05/2011). (...more)
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  • Jandamarra

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    'Growing up just as the first pastoralists were cutting a swathe through his native lands, Jandamarra is one of Australia's great tragic heroes. Station child, angry young man, police tracker of his own people and finally inspirational leader of the most successful indigenous resistance against white settlement, his life was lived on the jagged edge of change and uncertainty. This story belongs the the Bunuba people of the Kimberley-but it speaks to everyone. (Source: Publisher)

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  • The Gooniyandi People

    On the other side of the Fitzroy River from Gogo, Fossil Downs and Louisa Downs Station are the Gooniyandi People.
  • The Gooniyandi Stories: Jack Bohemia, Bigfoot Jagarra, William McGregor and Fossil Pluto.

    Three individual storytellers relate their accounts of early contact with whites in the Kimberley, Western Australia. Spoken in the Gooniyandi language. (...more)
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  • Nyibayarri: Kimberley Tracker

    A look into the life of an Aboriginal tracker named Jack Bohemia from the Kimberely. The book tells of a friendship between between Jack and Bill McGregor his translator. It reveals his life as stockman and head drover that eventually led him to his employment as a police tracker. Jack was a well respected man that was held in high esteem by both the police and his people. (...more)
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  • The Nyigina People

    The Nyigina people are the plains people.
  • Gularabulu: Stories from the West Kimberley

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    Gularabulu, 'the coast where the sun goes down' is an area of country on the coast of the West Kimberley in the north-west of Western Australia. These stories belong not just to Paddy Roe but to all the people from the traditional tribal groupings of the Garadjeri, Nyigina, Yaour, Nyul-nyul and Djaber-djaber tribes. (...more)
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  • Paddy Roe

    Paddy Roe grew up on Roebuck Plains Station east of Broome, Western Australia. He is of Nyikina descent and grew up between two worlds working as a stockman, a windmill repairer, a butcher and in an ice and lemonade business before becoming a market gardener. He was a skilled wood carver and an expert in making boomerangs. Paddy Roe was a well known storyteller and caretaker of important traditional ceremonies and established the Lurujarri Heritage Trail.
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  • The Walmajarri people

    The Walmajarri people are people of the Great Sandy Desert.
  • Two Sisters: Ngarta and Jukuna

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    'For the first 150 years of European settlement in Australia the Walmajarri people of the Great Sandy Desert remained untouched by Western influence. The First World War came and went, and left no impression in the sandhills. The Second World War had faint reverberations, but no one in the desert had heard of Hitler or Churchill, nor even the Australian prime minister John Curtin. The Vietnam War, about which they had heard nothing, was still in progress when two sisters, Jukuna and Ngarta, finally emerged from the Great Sandy Desert. (...more)
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  • Walmajarri Language Stories

    This collection includes 65 stories from Kadjina Aboriginal Community written and illustrated by children, teenagers and adults fro the Kadjina Aboriginal Community. Thie books were written in English, Walmajarri and Kriol between 1998 and 2002 by the Wulungarra School's Literature Production Centre. (...more)
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  • Wulungarra Stories

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    The stories in this book have been handed down by the old people and Yangkana (Madeline) Laurel is now passing them on. (...more)
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  • Jirrirtinypurrurla marna Warrkammarnani Jarlu

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    A story about a young woman working for the owner of the homestead at Quanbun Station.

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  • Christmas Creek Station & Kurungal Inc.

    Kurungal Inc is an organisation situated around a group of communities, which are located about 120km to the southeast of Fitzroy Crossing in the central west Kimberley, northwest Western Australia (WA). Kurungal Inc is an umbrella organisation, that is, it has five subsidiary organisations associated with each of these five communities as its members (see Fig. 13.2). The term ‘kurungal’ itself refers to the country adjacent to Christmas Creek, and incorporates Christmas Creek Station. It was also how the group of people who lived and worked on Christmas Creek Station, prior to the Pastoral Award decision of 1968, became known—the ‘kurungal mob’. (Source: Kurungal Inc.: a brief history.)
  • The Wankajunka People

    The Wangkatjungka people began moving out of the Great Sandy Desert along the Canning Stock Route around the time of World War Two (Bolger 1987) and camped near Fitzroy Crossing having been forced off Christmas Creek Settlement. 
  • Ningali Lawford-Wolf

    Ningali Lawford was born at Wangkatjungka, near Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She spent her early years on a cattle station where her father worked, and completed her secondary education in Perth. She was the recipient of an American Field Service scholarship and spent twelve months in Alaska. Lawford-Wolf trained as a dancer at the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre, and performed with Bangarra Dance Theatre. In her work as an actress, singer and dancer she has appeared in various theatre, film and television productions.

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