November 29 2018

Warddeken Indigenous Rangers

By The Ian Potter Foundation

Indigenous woman sitting at desk looking at large computer screen
Warddeken Daluk Ranger Elizabeth Dulbin Nabarlambarl entering data from rock art surveys into a bi-lingual database to safeguard traditional knowledge and language for the future.
Karrkad Kanjdji Trust
Warddeken Indigenous Rangers: protecting country and cultural heritage
$1.77 million
5 years
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The Karrkad Kanjdji Trust, in partnership with Warddeken Land Management Ltd, will employ Indigenous Rangers to systematically record and conserve cultural heritage, particularly rock art, In West Arnhem Land - recoding and protecting what is arguably the largest collection of undocumented, and threatened, rock art galleries in the world. This project will be entirely Indigenous-owned and led, with a strong emphasis on conserving the cultural heritage of the rock art.

Building on two years of community consultation, this project is designed to assist Indigenous landowners to position themselves at the forefront of cultural heritage management. After the completion of a successful pilot, the Karrkad Kanjdji Trust is scaling up this project that will see the entire area systematically surveyed, near lost traditional knowledge recorded, and actions taken to protect art from being destroyed.

This project directly impacts the livelihoods and wellbeing of 125 Indigenous Rangers and families who live and work on country. This meaningful employment has proven flow-on benefits in enhanced self-esteem, empowerment, pride and improved health outcomes,