Indigenous Communities

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Thuwathu / Bujimulla Sea Country Plan

Aboriginal management of the Wellesley Islands region of the Gulf of Carpentaria
Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation for the Wellesley Island region of the Gulf of Carpentaria, 2006

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About the publication

We, the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of the Wellesley Islands region of the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, have prepared this Sea Country Plan to explain our cultural relationships and obligations to the Sea Country, and to outline our ideas and commitments for its sustainable use and management. We urge anyone interested in the future of the southern Gulf to work with us in implementing this Sea Country Plan.

Thuwathu is the Lardil, Yangkaal and Kaiadilt language name for the Rainbow Serpent that lives in the sea and holds the law of the Sea Country. Bujimulla is the Gangalidda language name for the Rainbow Serpent. The name Thuwathu / Bujimulla Sea Country Plan is used to convey the importance of the Rainbow Serpent in linking together our four saltwater language groups and in the management of the Sea Country.

We have prepared this Plan as a demonstration of our rights and responsibilities passed on to us by our ancestors for the countless generations. In 2004 the Federal Court formally recognised our Native Title rights to our Sea Country. This Plan is an expression of our rights and responsibilities through culturally appropriate and ecologically sustainable environmental management practices.

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