Traditional Owners

Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the Wirangu people as the traditional custodians of the Chain of Bays region. We also acknowledge the neighbouring Barngarla and Nauo people, and other tribes who have utilised the area and travelled through the region as part of their cultural activities. Today, Wirangu people live in a number of different communities, including Yalata, Ceduna, Koonibba and Port Lincoln. Support for employment of indigenous people in the region though tourism and parks are encouraged.
It is envisaged that eventually successful land claims will be made in the region to ensure that first people's rights are recognised and that an economic and social base is established for ongoing tenure and development.
The Wirangu people have some historical references and tribal boundaries that form an essential link in the knowledge of the Chain of Bays. From the days of Flinders, and the paintings of Baudin, (which can be seen in national art collections), awareness of indigenous history and connection to the land has formed a strong part of our consciousness of the West Coast region. Paintings of the smoke fires seen from explorer's ships in the 1800's are currently on display at the Port Adelaide Maritime Museum.


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