About Our Country

Derby is located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and has been our country for more than 40,000 years.

Our country is vast with many wild rivers, wetlands, savannah plains and spectacular coastlines rich with marine life.  It is well-known for its Boab trees, some of which have achieved remarkable age, and are of cultural significance to Aboriginal people of this region.

Remote Aboriginal Communities

There are many remote and very remote Aboriginal communities located in our country.

Those in the Derby/Malarabah region include:

Budulah
Burrinunga
Djimung Nguda
Imintji
Jarlmadangah
Karmalinunga
Kupungarri (Mt Barnett)
Looma
Mowanjum
Mount Anderson
Ngallagunda
Tirralintji
Bidan
Bard
Dodnum
Yurmulun (Pandanus Park)
Kandiwal (Mitchell Plateau)
Pantijan

Emama Nguda will seek to embed itself in efforts aimed at heritage protection and the ethical and sustainable development of ecosystem diversity in the region.

Culture is in Emama Nguda and Emama Nguda is part of Culture.

Aboriginal Language Groups

The majority of language groups in the region remain strong.

Some of these include Nyikina (Derby, Looma), Walmajarri, (Looma), Mangala (Looma), Nimanburu, Djawi, Warwa, Ungarrangi, Umida, (King Sound), Ngarinyin (Imintji, Drysdale River), Worora (Augustus Island, Collier Bay, Prince Regent River), Wanambul (Bonaparte Archipelago, Bigge Island).