About The Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar Region

Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar region refers to the Noongar dialectals groups, Ganeang, Goreng and Minang from the Great Southern area.

The Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar region includes the towns of Boyup Brook, Bridgetown, Walpole, Denmark, Mt Barker, Cranbrook, Tambellup, Katanning, Nyabing, Jerramungup, Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun, Bremer Bay and Albany. Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar lays east of the South West Boojarah region and south of the Gnaala Karla Booja region. The approximate size of the Wagyl Kaip Region is 52,246 sq kms.

There are many cultural and significant sites in the Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar region. One site being the Stirling Ranges.

Koikyenunuruff – a Dreaming story relating to the Stirling Ranges:

“Long, long ago two enemy tribes lived on adjacent tracts of land and there was no range. The tribes went to war and many of their people perished. After the bloody battle, as the survivors grieved for their dead, a great cloud settled over the land, like a shroud. When it finally lifted there to be seen in profile be all was a tremendous old Noongar lying on his back between the two tribal grounds. Silhouetted against the sky could be traced his ample stomach, his thick lips, his tangled fringe hovering over his heavy brow.” Noongar are the knowledge holders of stories around this part of our booja.

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The Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar claim for Native Title was made in September 2006.

Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar Contact Details

Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar Regional Development Coordinator
South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council 1490 Albany Highway Cannington WA 6107
(08) 0358 7400
reception1@noongar.org.au

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