Members of the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation travelled to The University of Western Australia recently to thank the University for its participation in the repatriation component of their Cultural Management Plan.
The Plan centres on their land and sea estate including the Burrup Peninsula and Dampier Archipelago. The Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation includes the communities of five language groups - Wong-Goo-Too-Too, Ngarluma, Yindjibarndi, Yaburara and Mardudhunera.
Members of the Murujuga community had the ‘thank you' lunch with UWA Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson, Pro-Vice Chancellors Dawn Freshwater and Peter Davies, and senior staff from UWA's School of Indigenous Studies (SIS), Information Services, the Berndt Museum, the Centre For Rock Art & Management (CRA&M) and the Linguistics Department. They were also joined by their project consultants - UWA landscape architecture alumni Vanessa Margetts and Stephen Vigilante.
The Murujuga Cultural Management Plan will provide a strong understanding of the country and the traditional custodians' visions and values for the future. It will also be available as an online resource.
The relationships developed through this project will explore how educational training and assistance may be provided to the likes of Murujuga - especially in the area of Aboriginal Ranger education.
SIS hopes to learn from the Murujuga Ranger program and explore potential educational and community-based research partnerships with the Murujuga and other Aboriginal communities.
* Pictured from left to right: Walter McGuire, Dean of the UWA School of Indigenous Studies Jill Milroy, Geoffrey Togo, Tootsie Daniel, Bill Lawrie, UWA Vice-Chancellor Paul Johnson, Jimmy Horace, Chelsea Churnside, Brad Rowe, Nathan Evans, David Guilfoyle, Vanessa Margetts.