The Weld Range is a very special place for Aboriginal people in Western Australia. The Wajarri Yamatji people are the Traditional Owners of the Weld Range and its famous ochre mine, Wilgie Mia. Aboriginal people from across Australia have been coming to mine ochre from Wilgie Mia for thousands of years.
At the request of the Wajarri Yamatji people, YMAC worked with several senior and knowledgeable Wajarri people over a period of years to research and record the importance of the Weld Range, and in 2011 its National Heritage Listing was formally announced.
The 45ha area of the National Heritage Listing includes Wilgie Mia, Little Wilgie Mia and the Marlu Resting Place. These sites contain sacred law grounds, dreamtime places, thousands of examples of rock art, extensive archaeological material, and the Wilgie Mia red ochre mine.
The Weld Range remains an important place for Wajarri Yamatji families to camp, hunt and collect traditional bush food and medicine. With the protection afforded by the National Heritage Listing, the Weld Range can now be protected from unsustainable development and enjoyed by future generations.
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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