As Marcia Langton contends, it is universally accepted that the longstanding traditions of Indigenous cultural practice have shaped the Australian environment for thousands of generations.
Yawuru people are connected to, and responsible for, their lands, waters and resources because every person comes from, and belongs to, Yawuru country. In turn, they obtain and maintain their spiritual and cultural identity, life and livelihoods from country. Cultural obligations and responsibilities invoke a holistic relationship between Yawuru people and their country as they link land, water, culture, society and economy. Maintenance of this relationship is critical for the social and emotional wellbeing of the community. As a consequence, the Yawuru cultural landscape reflects an integrated relationship between land and water rights, the management of resources, and the health and wellbeing of its people.
In an engaging panel discussion, staff from Nyamba Buru Yawuru will examine the primacy of Yawuru culture as the foundation for the recognition of their legal rights and customary use of their country and resources. Through the elements of language, dance, song, stories, ceremonial practice and the application of traditional knowledge, culture remains strong and vital amongst Yawuru people