Bart Pigram is a Yawuru man from the West Kimberley region of northwest Australia. Born and bred in Broome, Bart has a passion for telling the complete story of life in Broome. Bart draws on knowledge gained from living a saltwater lifestyle as well as professional training as a curator.
Narlijia means ‘true for you’ in the Yawuru (Australian Aboriginal) language, reflecting Bart’s wish to tell the ‘entire’ story by sharing his Aboriginal and multicultural perspective first hand.
Broome’s mangroves provide a sheltered habitat for a wide variety of native and aquatic animals. Teeming with life, they are both feeding grounds and nurseries for fish, molluscs, burrowing mud worms, various crustaceans, dugong and the occasional saltwater crocodile.
On the Bagul Bagul tour you will learn about the different types of mangrove trees. Experience the mangrove forest and hear about the traditional uses of mangrove wood. At low tide the mangroves are alive with mudskippers, mudcrabs and a variety of birds. Possibly sample some of the bushtucker traditionally sourced from the mangrove forest, spot the different types of crab holes, and if you are lucky, you will taste a beautiful oyster fresh off the rock. The tour takes you into the bay through pools to Buccaneer rock where you will hear the Dreaming story of Randigunya the giant. Scour the mangroves for tasty morsels and see remnants of (Asian) fish traps and hear stories from a bygone era of Broome’s pearling days.