Jandamarra of the Kimberley and the Bunuba Uprising
Issue: Winter 2007
By Howard Pedersen
Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek and Geikie Gorge in the Kimberley region of north-west Australia are enchanted places carved in the Napier and Oscar limestone ranges by the force of water over many millennia.
Once a submerged coral reef, the landscape today is dominated by a stunning gun-barrel grey wall of rock and the famous Kimberley boabs that grow in weird and unpredictable shapes. Aboriginal rock paintings – some ancient, others more recent – tell of an enduring culture that thrived for thousands of years in this harsh terrain until the coming of white people.
This is the story of a young warrior who fought valiantly to protect his heritage.