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Thamarrurr is derived from the local Murinh-patha language and generally means, ‘coming together to work as one people’. The term describes the relationships, founded on ceremonial and traditional codes of ethics, which encompass the Wangka, Lirrga and Tjanpa people of the Daly River Port Keats Aboriginal Land Trust (DRPKALT). Under Thamarrurr, all land owning groups have traditional rights and responsibilities over their land, and are able to work together to resolve issues involving that land.
 

Within the Thamarrurr Region, there are three main ceremonial groups, encompassing seven language groups and over 20 clan groups. These clans are patrilineal land owning groups, with estates and boundaries delineated. The statutory land trust – DRPKALT, holds the land on behalf of the traditional owners from each estate in the Thamarrurr Region. This is inalienable freehold land, held under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.

Thamarrurr provides an identity to people in the Region through their relationships to land and kin. It also provides a fundamental basis for leadership and governance in the Region. This is the basis from which Thamarrurr Development Corporation is endorsed and operates.