Knowing Our Country

 

Map of Yawuru land

Map of Yawuru land

 

Yawuru country is land and sea, molded by the cycle of seasonal change. We live by the seasons, reading the signs to know when and where we should go to harvest the riches of our country.

Yawuru buru means the whole of Yawuru country, land and sea, shared by all Yawuru people as well as particular places that a person is associated with.

Our connection to country – how we use and occupy the seas and land on Yawuru Country – is fundamental to who we are as a people.. Knowledge of our country is essential to how we use, manage and protect our Country.

Yawuru are developing a capacity to record our knowledge of our Country and map it in geo spatial form. The maps will combine Yawuru cultural and historical occupation and use knowledge with western scientific data so that Yawuru are in a position to assess the impacts – both positive and negative – of current and proposed use of our Country. In this way Yawuru can more effectively engage with third party developers and plan a long term Yawuru land and sea management regime for Yawuru Country.

Dunes near Simpsons Beach

Dunes near Simpsons Beach