Country, Culture, People, Future

Puutu Kunti Kuruma and Pinikura (PKKP) Peoples Determination

Puutu Kunti Kuruma and Pinikura Determination

In 2015, after 14 years after their claim was first registered, the Puutu Kunti Kuruma and Pinikura (PKKP) Peoples celebrated the legal recognition of their land and culture at a Federal Court hearing, held on-Country, recognising their native title rights. What the PKKP People have always known has now been legitimised and recognised.

The PKKP native title area covers approximately 9,521 square kilometres in the Pilbara region. It lies in the Shire of Ashburton.

The PKKP peoples have lived in this area for at least 43,000 years, with a living culture maintained through languages, ceremonies, beliefs, music, art, laws and knowledge of the spiritually imbued landscape.

The land is home to many sacred sites including ancient stone engravings and the permanent pools of the Duck Creek and other waterways have spiritual significance, forming part of the Puutu Kunti Kuruma and Pinikura Peoples’ cultural connection to their land.

 “We’re all one family, and now this journey has finally ended. We’ve always known who we are and where our Country is, but now we’ve been formally recognised by the Court. This gives us an opportunity to move forward as a family.” – Mitchell Drage, PKKP Traditional Owner


Country is our mother, the provider and keeper of cultural belongings. Country and Culture go together. You can’t have one without the other.

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians throughout Western Australia, and on whose Country we work. We acknowledge and respect their deep connection to their lands and waterways.

We honour and pay respect to Elders, and to their ancestors who survived and cared for Country.

Our offices are located on Whadjuk Country, Southern Yamatji Country, Yinggarda Country, Kariyarra Country, and Yawuru Country. We recognise the continuing culture, traditions, stories and living cultures on these lands and commit to building a brighter future together.

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