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The Ngurrara are a grouping of Indigenous Australian peoples of the Great Sandy Desert, in the central Pilbara and southern Kimberley regions of Western Australia.

Country and people

The word Ngurrara refers to their native country, properly called Mawurritjiyi, the word for the Tanami desert.[1] The Ngurrarra themselves are the Walmajarri, Wangkajunga, Mangala and Juwaliny language groups.[2]

Native title

In Kogolo vs. Western Australia (2007) the Ngurrarra won recognition of their native title rights to 76,000 sq.kilometres.[3] They presented their case by drawing a large painting of their land, Ngurrara,[4] inscribed with figures from their mythological history associated with various points.[5] Their land is under the custodianship of the Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation.[6]

Notes and references

Explanatory notes


  1. ^ Musharbash 2008, p. 35.
  2. ^ KJL 2016.
  3. ^ Tran 2016, p. 166.
  4. ^ Brooks 2003.
  5. ^ Anker 2008, pp. 53–56.
  6. ^ Ngurrarra 2016.


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  • "Tindale Tribal Boundaries" (PDF). Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Western Australia. September 2016.
  • Anker, Kirsten (2008). "The Law of the Other:Exploring the Paradox of Legal Pluralism in Australian Native Title". In Lagayette, Pierre l. Rencontres australiennes: regards croisés sur l'identité d'un peuple et d'une nation. Presses Paris Sorbonne. pp. 39–55. ISBN 978-2-840-50541-9.
  • Brooks, Geraldine (28 July 2003). "The Painted Desert: How Aborigines turned ancient rituals into chic contemporary art". The New Yorker.
  • Musharbash, Yasmine (2008). Yuendumu Everyday: Contemporary Life in Remote Aboriginal Australia. Aboriginal Studies Press. ISBN 978-0-855-75661-1.
  • "Native Title Map-Ngurrara". Kimberley Land Council. 2016.
  • "Ngurrarra". Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation. 2016.
  • Tran, Tran (2016) [First published 2015]. "The (Non-Legal) Guide to Meaningful Recognition: A Case Study from the Canning Basin, Western Australia". In Sillitoe, Paul. Indigenous Studies and Engaged Anthropology: The Collaborative Moment. Routledge. pp. 163–179. ISBN 978-1-317-11722-3.
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