Community

Heritage

Aboriginal sites are an important part of the heritage of the whole community. They are of immense cultural, scientific, educational and historic interest.

Aboriginal heritage sites provide Aboriginal people today with an important link to their present and past culture.

Many Aboriginal sites are fragile and can easily be damaged. When they are destroyed or damaged, information about past cultural and environmental changes may be lost forever. Information about the people who lived here for the last 45,000 years can be obtained through the archaeological investigation of these sites.

One of the main activities of the Corporation is attending to native title and heritage matters on behalf of the Eastern Guruma people. The Corporation is also responsible for protecting and promoting the culture, traditions and customs of the Eastern Guruma people.

The Corporation is now responsible for the administration and conduct of heritage surveys on Eastern Guruma country.

In 2018, the Wintawari Guruma Healthy Country Project is set to launch. This project has been established to produce a healthy country plan that supports people getting onto and looking after country. The collection, management and protection of cultural heritage information for sites of significance to the Eastern Guruma people will be part of this Project.

The Eastern Guruma People hold native title rights over around 6,500 sq km of land in the eastern Pilbara region of Western Australia. On this land are many highly significant Aboriginal heritage areas. 

Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation is the official company of the Eastern Guruma People which handles their native title rights. Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation is a viable, active, autonomous Aboriginal corporation. Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation protects the heritage of the Eastern Guruma People’s land, and preserves country for the benefit of all Eastern Guruma People. 

Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation is not associated in any way whatsoever with the company calling itself “Eastern Guruma Pty Ltd”. Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation does not approve of the activities of the company calling itself “Eastern Guruma Pty Ltd”. Further the “Eastern Guruma Pty Ltd” company is using that name against the wishes of the vast majority of Eastern Guruma people.