Uunguu (Living Land)
In 2011 the Wunambal Gaambera people declared the Uunguu Indigenous area protected. This land stretches over 343,515 hectares of the Northern Kimberley that also includes the areas of the coastline and of the Mitchell Plateau.
Uunguu means; Living Home. And refers to everything that is in Wunambal Gaambera country and the home of their ancestors for thousands of years. For the Wunambal Gaamera people Uunguu is a part of Lalai, which is their story of how the land and country was made. Lalai is told through the rock art sites situated throughout the land.
The rock art speaks of the Wanjina and Wunggurr spirits who helped to create the land and provide each family with language and law to look after their traditional part of the country. It is said that some Wunggurr spirits still live on within Punamii-Uunpuu (Mitchell Falls)
This year while we are staying at King Edward River someone from the Wunambal Gaambera Country will come and have a chat to us about the land.