Cultural Recognition

Cultural Recognition

The Banyjima, Yinhawangka and Kurrama Aboriginal people know the Hamersley Range as Karijini.

The name of the park recognises the historic and continuing significance of the area to the people and their involvement in park management. Evidence of their ancestors’ occupation dates back more than 30,000 years.

During that period, Aboriginal land management practices such as ‘fire stick farming’ resulted in a diversity of vegetation types and states of succession, and have helped determine the range of plants and animals found in the park today.

  • <p>The Karijini Visitor Centre. </p> <p>This photo was taken overlooking the Visitor Centre in Karijini National Park. The building is made of freestanding steel wall panels that are deep red in colour. Aboriginal artwork is painted on the panel wall leading into the entrance of the building. This artwork is the cultural symbol to represent the building, which forms the shape of a goanna/lizard. To the right of this, there is lettering that reads “KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTRE”. </p><p>There is a concrete path leading to the entrance of the Visitor Centre. The pathway is stained with red dirt, with red dirt on both left and right sides of the path. A bush with thick light green foliage grows on the left of the path. To the right of the path and the building, the red dirt is covered with light coloured bushes. There are trees growing to right with white trunks and green leaves, and a hill extends above the building in the distance. The bright blue sky is seen shining above and to the right of the building.</p>
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