Dambimangari saltwater people have cared for their country for thousands of years. Today the Elders, the Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation and the Traditional Owners are working to build a thriving community of more than 1000 people, drawing on the strong links between the land and the Dambimangari identity.
Although the location of the community has been fragmented by government policy and history, the essential traditions and identity remain. Most Dambimangari people live in the Kimberley town of Derby or the nearby settlement of Mowanjum, where the Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation manages health, education and social support programs.
The Corporation is creating opportunities for its members to return to country in the Dambimangari Native Title Determination area north of Derby. One of the key objectives of the group’s work is the development of a new generation of leaders to preserve their language and culture.