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Bakamumu Marika, 2004:

Yalangbara is a very important place. It means the beginning of life because that's where the Rirratjingu generations started ... that's where the Djang'kawu women were and that's where the families were born. They are the sunrise; they are the life.
A colour photograph of part of a peninsula. The photograph has been taken from an aeroplane. The peninsula is to the left of the photograph; it has a white sandy beach on the coastline closest to the camera. In the foreground, stretching back to the horizon, is the ocean, which is a deep blue colour. The sky is in the upper part of the photograph; it is a more pale blue in comparison to the ocean.
Yalangbara peninsula seen from the east

Yalangbara is the most culturally significant of the Marika's 3 separate clan estates. The yaku bathala (big name) of Yalangbara was bestowed by the Djang'kawu upon the greater Port Bradshaw region, including the eastern peninsula, Laluway Bay and adjacent coast.

The name also has a number of different applications depending upon context. It can refer to a smaller beach site close to where the Djang'kawu first landed, as well as to the entire eastern or miwiyul (sunrise) side of the peninsula that is separated from the western or gulngu (sheltered) side by a massive dune system.

While the Yalangbara region belongs collectively to the Rirratjingu, two separate branches of the family have special custodial responsibilities for these respective eastern and western sides of the peninsula.

A colour photograph of a person wading in shallow water near a beach. Large rounded boulders surround the person. Submerged rocks can be seen in the clear blue water. Parts of the horizon are visible beyond the large boulders. The blue cloudless sky is in the top half of the photograph.
Collecting oysters near Mayarrmayarr, east Yalangbara coast

The region also sustains a wide variety of plants and animals that are highly valued by the Marikas who spend a lot of time at Yalangbara hunting and gathering. The clear, sheltered waters provide an exceptionally rich habitat for numerous species of fish, rays, shellfish, crustaceans, trepang (beche-de-mer) and saltwater crocodiles.

There are also a significant number of seabirds in this area, including internationally significant populations of Bridle and Roseate terns. To date 18 threatened species have been recorded from the area, including 3 plant, 14 vertebrate and one butterfly species.

Because of its relatively pristine nature, Yalangbara is environmentally important for the wider north-east Arnhem region. The Marikas simply refer to it as their paradise.

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