Traditional Owners of the Thamarrurr region consistently express the importance of being on Country for spiritual, cultural, social, economic and environmental reasons.
The region encompasses homelands for 20 clan groups, with thousands of cultural sites including ceremony and sacred sites, rock art and stone arrangements, recreational places, and associated heritage and values. The land provides food and other resources and Traditional Owners have rights and responsibilities to their Country.
There is also a wealth of cultural knowledge around wildlife and sacred stories. While some of the knowledge is passed on to future generations and being recorded, there are aspects of this knowledge being lost.
People’s connection with and yearning for Country cannot be overstated. Despite the challenges of access, many Traditional Owners regularly live on or visit their Country.
Traditional Owners are working to protect and maintain Country and Culture, including:
- Local control, belonging and purpose
- Intergenerational transfer of knowledge and skills associated with Country and Culture
- Fostering respect and enthusiasm by younger generations for culture and traditions
- Management of cultural sites
- Hunting and gathering practices, consumption of bush foods and associated healthy lifestyle choices