17 April 2011


The Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) is the development arm and trustee of lands of the Yindjibarndi nation in the Pilbara region of Western Australia

Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation (JGAC) is the cultural recording, archiving and media production organization of the Yindjibarndi People. http://www.juluwarlu.com.au/archive

We are united in celebrating our culture, supporting our people, and fighting for respect and justice amidst the relentless incursion of iron ore mining into our lands - especially, in these times, the aggressive, divide and conquer assault of Fortescue Metals Group (FMG).


(Yindjibarndi people are from the Fortescue River valley and Hamersley Ranges region of the Pilbara, WesternAustralia.) Ceremony, kinship and Tribal Law are the heart and soul of our life – they connect us to the beginning of the world. In our Law it is said that in the beginning the sky was very low. When the creation spirits got up from the ground, they lifted the sky and the world out of the sea. The creation spirits are called Marrga. They still live in the rocky mountains and gullies. In the early morning the mist over the water is smoke from their breakfast fires. If Marrga are not approached and spoken to in the proper way, they might hurt visitors or make them sick. It was the Marrga and Minkala (Skygod) that named and shaped the country, then all the birds and animals, and finally the Ngardangali (Aboriginal people) came from the Marrga themselves. In other places they call this the ‘dreaming’, but here we call it Ngurra Nyujunggamu – ‘when the world was soft’.

There are places all along the river that show the Marrga’s work. At Ganyiyana (on a part of the river called Birlinbirlin) there is a circular track that was worn into the soft world by the Marrga women as they danced around the men who sang the very first Law ceremony. Later the world became hard, leaving the path of their dance in the river bedrock for all time. We call our Law Birdarra, and this song and dance ring the Burndud – the very first Law ground.
After creation, this law was carried to many tribes in the north and east, where it was given new names and new life in the languages of all the nations where it found a home. Tribes all over the North-west still pay respect to our holy land whose Law travelled thousands of miles across the desert to reach as far as Uluru in the Northern Territory.

Yindjibarndi are like the river
that runs through our Ngurra
very old and very strong
holding powerful law
that forever brings new life
to Yindjibarndi country

Yindjibarndi will survive
because our hearts and conscience
are straight with our country

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kids culture camp chirratta 1987

The Kid’s Cultural Camp was organised by a group of mothers and grandmothers—Violet Samson, Tootsie Daniel, old Elsie, Nanna Bobby, Pansy Hicks, and Anne Wally—and community workers Martin Duyker and Julie Shepherd. The video of the Camp was made by Frank Rijavec with the help of Glen Toby, Davis Hicks and Bob Hart.

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Mayaringbungu A Beautiful Mind

A EULOGY & COMMEMORATION—a collection of songs, stories and country featuring Ned Mayaringbungu Cheedy, drawn from the archives of Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation as tribute to the life and work of Mayaringbungu, elder of the Yindjibarndi people, Western Australia, 1906-2012.

April 26, 2012

Exile and The Kingdom Part 1

In the beginning, when the world was soft, Creation beings lifted the earth out of the sea. Then the world became hard — Colonisation, slavery, mining booms. This is the story of the Aboriginal people of Roebourne — their Law, their tribal voice, their survival.

April 24, 2012

Exile and The Kingdom Part 2

Multi award-winning feature documentary in two parts. Made with the Yindjibarndi, Ngarluma, Banyjima and Gurrama people of Roebourne, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

April 24, 2012

Wanggangarra... that which gives life

The title means ‘that which gives life’. Wanggangarra is a film about family histories, relationship & respect amongst the Yindjibarndi and Ngarluma people of the west Pilbara, Western Australia.… Uqalimakkanirit

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Written by acclaimed Australian playwright David Milroy, this remarkable piece of theatre tells the story of two brothers set against each other over interests of family, country and native title.… Uqalimakkanirit

April 23, 2011


Written by acclaimed Australian playwright David Milroy, this remarkable piece of theatre tells the story of two brothers set against each other over interests of family, country and native title.

April 23, 2011

Juluwarlu Journey

Story about the genesis and work of the Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation cultural archive and media centre – using media tools to give a voice to the Yindjibarndi people of Roebourne in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

April 19, 2011

Song For Country FMG Want To Destroy

Clip from the feature documentary "Exile and The Kingdom" (1993). Gambulaynha Song travelling over the Hamersley Ranges – country Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) want to open up for their Solomon Hub project.

April 19, 2011

We Want Our Law To Stand – We Want To Teach Our Kids

"We Want Our Law To Stand. We Want To Teach Our Kids." Statement from Yindjibarndi Lawmen, Roger Solomon and Allan Jacob, about the unifying and nourishing power of traditional Law and culture. Excerpted from the feature documentary "Exile and The Kingdom".

April 18, 2011

Swine River

Set in the Pilbara of Western Australia, Swine River is the story of an Aboriginal group’s bitter experience dealing with an iron ore company that wants to mine its country at any cost.… Uqalimakkanirit

April 18, 2011
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