Mangara & Special Projects

The Mangara Yawuru Storylines is a community-based, multi-media digital archive which contains photographs, documents, oral histories, films, books, media and other cultural materials.   The Yawuru community can access the Mangara archive and contribute their own information. It will also be a valuable resource for researchers, students and others who want to know more about Yawuru and the Broome area.

Mangara links to many internal NBY projects, and provides a strong foundation for developing a future Yawuru cultural centre, housing significant artefacts and interpretive projects.

If you are a Yawuru community member who would like to access the Mangara archive, please contact the cultural team on

‘Bugarrigarra Nyurdany’ is an exhibition curated through the Mangara project. The Bugarrigarra is the spiritual force that shapes our cultural values, practices and the seasonal patterns that we continue to follow today. ‘Bugarrigarra Nyurdany’ uses images, artefacts and videos to share our story of culture and country in the face of the tremendous upheavals throughout the colonial era.

The Wanggajarli Burugun: We are coming home; Yawuru repatriation project was a high priority for the Mangara team this year. The team, Lloyd Pigram, Naomi Appleby, and Sarah Yu, are working closely with the Yawuru Cultural Reference Group and Law Bosses to ensure the repatriation process and memorial resting place has a strong community focus and appropriate cultural protocols are followed. NBY are working with Laird Tran Architects and MudMap Studios to workshop the design of the memorial, which will be constructed next to the Japanese cemetery. The memorial will include a separate space for community, in their own time, to gather and pay respects to our ancestors.

Next year, the memorial will move to detailed design and construction will commence after funding has been secured. A documentary film and digital travelling exhibition are also part of the overall project aims, under continued guidance from the Yawuru Cultural Reference Group and Law Bosses. Overall, the Wanggajarli Burugun project has brought the Yawuru community together with our Karajarri neighbours as we have grappled with the truth of this painful past

The WA Museum, Boola Bardip in Perth engaged NBY to contribute to their new museum, which opened in November 2020. As advised by Yawuru Cultural Reference Group, NBY have supplied  content on stories including the Dinosaur Tracks, history of the Broome Air Raid, memories of Sun Pictures, Yawuru’s Ngan-ga language program, pearling history, Yawuru Country Managers and their work on Roebuck Plains Station.

Want to know more?

Visit us at Nyamba Buru Yawuru or contact the Mangara & special projects team on 08 9192 9600