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Our Land and Sea Country

Traditionally, Gangalidda country stretches from the Leichhardt River, west to Massacre Inlet. The extent of this core area has never been disputed with our neighbours.

We have strong ties to our country, our cultural heritage and our traditional estates. Through anthropological studies conducted as part of our native title claims we have been able to demonstrate our connection to country and purposely map the area of our traditional family estates.

In a report prepared by David Trigger for our Wellesley Sea Claim, to which we were a party, the estates of our country have been described as:
The coastal area of saltwater country from the Leichhardt, coming west to the Albert, Nicholson and Gin Arm Rivers (this area is not depicted on the map);

  • A

    Around Moonlight Creek (Hawk Dreaming);

  • B

    Around Point Parker (Dingo Dreaming);

  • C

    Around Syrell and Bayley Point (Dugong Dreaming);

  • D

    Around Old Doomadgee Outstation (Groper Dreaming);

  • E

    Around Bundella waterholes, and Beryl Creek (Brolga Dreaming);

  • F

    Around Cliffdale Creek (Devil and Barramundi Dreamings);

  • G

    Around the long sand ridge called Wambilbayi that runs westwards along the coast from Cliffdale Creek
    (Left-Hand Wallaby Dreaming).

  • H

    The area encompassing the coastal lands around Dumbara Island, extending westward as far as Massacre Inlet.
    Connected with this estate is another estate "I" extending inland along Eight Mile Creek (Shark Dreaming).

  • J

    Around the vicinity of Massacres Inlet extending westward from there (Bushfire Dreaming).

Map 1.2 - Page 5 - Nijinda Durgla IPA Management Plan