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Jandamarra's story

Did you know Jandamarra's story is kept alive in songs, dances, books and plays? He is now recognised by many as an Aboriginal hero.

War of resistance

Jandamarra's story is of great significance to the people of the Kimberley. Jandamarra was a Bunuba man born in 1873. He worked as a police tracker before he began a war of resistance against the white settlers who had invaded his people’s lands.

Jandamarra earned a reputation for superhuman powers after avoiding capture by the police for more than two years. Eventually he was tracked and shot dead on 1 April 1897.

Click on the photos below for more information

  • Colour illustration showing a young Aboriginal boy standing on a cliff, with an Aboriginal man standing beside him.
    Bunuba born
  • Colour illustration of an Aboriginal man wearing white pants, a red headband and no shirt. Cows graze in the distance.
    Jandamarra
  • Colour illustration showing nine Aboriginal men chained at the neck, walking in single file. They wear white loin cloths and headbands. Two European policeman on horseback are to the right of the men.
    Conflict
  • An illustration of a group of men behind a wire fence.  Jandamarra stands outside the fence, looking at the men.
    Resistance
  • Colour photograph of a man, sitting cross-legged on a stage. The man wears short pants and no shirt and is looking to the sky.
    Enduring story
  • A stage with lights, set in a rocky landscape.
    Windjana play

 

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